December 22, 2021 by Paul G. | Blog, Security, WordPress Solutions

3 Big Security Mistakes – #1: Why You Shouldn’t Use the Username “Admin”

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If you’re an admin of an account, then you should probably stop using admin as your username. It turns out that this is one of 3 big security mistakes that users make when it comes to WordPress security. In today’s post, we’ll go over why admin usernames are not a good idea and the best practices for choosing a new username in order to keep your site safe from hackers!

Why is choosing the admin username bad for my WordPress website’s security?

If you are the admin of an account, then you might think that using admin as your username is a great idea. However, this isn’t exactly true! When it comes to security on WordPress websites and choosing usernames for admin accounts, there are quite a few things that can go wrong if you use admin as your username.

The first reason why having the admin username is bad for security purposes has to do with brute force attacks. Brute force attacks are when hackers try different combinations in order to gain access to passwords or private information about users on any given website. Because so many people choose admin as their password due to its simple structure (admin), these kinds of hacker attacks tend to be very successful because they essentially have everything they need to gain access to a site right from the start.

In addition to being vulnerable to brute force attacks, admin usernames are also very susceptible to social engineering scams. Social engineering scams are when hackers try to get unsuspecting users to give away personal information like passwords or log-in credentials by posing as someone that the user trusts. For example, if you receive an email from your bank asking for updated login information, and you’re not sure whether the email is legitimate or not, it’s best to call customer service and ask them about the message before taking any further action.

Since admin is such an easily guessed username, it makes it much easier for scammers to try and scam people into giving away their personal log-in details. So, if you’re using admin as your username, it’s not only bad for security reasons but also makes you more susceptible to scams.

Tips For Choosing A Secure Username

If you want to be extra careful with how you choose usernames moving forward, there are two things that we would recommend doing. The first thing is to check if any other accounts have been made on your website or blog with similar names (e.g., administrator, support, helpdesk ). If you find any, change them to something more unique, like a special term, a department name, a person’s name. That way, even if someone tries to hack into your account, they’ll be met with a login error.

The second thing you can do is use a password manager to create and store strong passwords for all of your accounts (including admin ). This will help make sure that no one ever gains access to your site by guessing or cracking your password. If you’re not familiar with password managers, I’d recommend checking out LastPass or Dashlane. They both offer free and paid versions, so you can choose the one that’s best for you.

What are some safer alternatives to using admin as my WordPress website username?

If you’re looking for a more secure alternative to the admin username, then there are quite a few options that you can choose from. Here are some of our favorites:

– Username: YourFirstName + YourLastName – This is a great option because it’s unique and easy to remember.

– Username: CompanyName_UserName – This is another good option if you want to use your company name as your login credentials.

– Username: Password123! – This might not be the most secure option, but it’s definitely better than using admin as your username.

– Username: randomword123 – This is a good option if you want to create a unique username that isn’t easily guessed by hackers.

Whatever username you choose, be sure to make it something that you can remember and that isn’t easily guessed by hackers. And, most importantly, never use admin as your login credentials! Choosing a more secure alternative will help keep your WordPress website safe from unwanted intrusions.

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