People desperately want to hack into your WordPress blog. I wish that I could tell you that this isn't true but it is.
Why do they want to hack your blog? Frankly, I just can't quite figure that out. There are activist hackers in the world and you can say that they are doing it for the betterment of or that they are just causing chaos.
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Then there are the hackers that I truly just can't figure out. These people seem to set up bots and with one purpose and that is to take down a site. These people are the ones that we are truly fighting against.
Thankfully, there are quite a few things that we can do to protect ourselves just a little bit more. A common type of hack is a brute force attack.
Brute-force attacks are simple to understand. An attacker has an encrypted file — say, your LastPass orKeePass password database. They know that this file contains data they want to see, and they know that there’s an encryption key that unlocks it. To decrypt it, they can begin to try every single possible password and see if that results in a decrypted file.
So here is one more step that you can take today to protect your blog. You can change the log-in page to something secret.
- Install the plugin
- Activate the plugin
- Go to WordPress Dashboard
- Click on General Settings
- Click on General
- Scroll down to the bottom and change your "Login url"
- Click on "Save Changes"
Important Tip: Make a note of what you changed your login page to and even consider bookmarking it. Whatever you do don't hide it from yourself too.
I find watching TV shows and movies about hacking to be a total blast but in reality, I want no part of it. My advice is to take each and every step that you can to protect your blog. Start by hiding your login page today.