There are some really simple things a blogger can do to minimize the risk of getting hacked easily. In this post I will summarize the most basic necessities which will make your blog a much harder target for hackers. Your blog will become virtually impenetrable for all wannabe hackers and kids fooling around on the internet.
Always use strong passwords for accessing your blog.
Always use several security tools verified by lots of other users to harden your blog’s protection.
Most wannabe hackers will try to get into your blog by using the
Once there, they will simply try a username and password combination. There are two systems that are utilized by most hackers — random testing and dictionary attacks.
Random testing is done via the hacker’s own computer. Dictionary attacks are usually applied via zombie computers.
For guessing the username they will use:
- the display name you post under (in my case
- the name of your blog (in my case
- the default WordPress username called
- or some trivial usernames such as
In the image to the right, you can see the IP addresses of various bad guys trying to access my blog using the above-mentioned guesswork.
That’s why it is a good idea not to have the same username and display name.
To check what your username and display name is, simply go to
Change the Username
In case both names are the same, there are two ways to remedy the situation.
You can use the following SQL query within your database management interface such as MySQL or phpMyAdmin:
SET user_login = 'newusername' WHERE user_login = 'admin';
newusername use your actual new username.
Alternatively, you can log in to your phpMyAdmin interface and manually change the
If you never worked with your WordPress blog’s SQL database, you can familiarize yourself with the concept here.
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