Humans, for the most part, love the path of least resistance. We take the elevator instead of the stairs and we eschew grammar, proper spelling and punctuation on our text messages. But when it comes to website and data security, there is no substitute for creating strong passwords, even if they are difficult – or impossible – to memorize.

Who among us hasn’t selected the laughable “Password1” when forced to add a capital letter and a number to newly created passwords? It may be easier to remember and it may match your 15 other passwords, but it won’t prevent a brute force attack or keep out a determined hacker.

Creating a strong password is not difficult, but it usually requires a little follow-through if you ever want to be able to retrieve it. Here are five tips on crafting the ideal password in WordPress.

  1. Use the default password given. In recent versions of WordPress, the program gives enters a suggested password into to field that is strong as can be. It usually looks something like #3Dgh9**PjLn84$%). Rolls right off the tongue, right? It’s difficult to remember by design, and you should keep it.
  2. Require your site users to create strong passwords. Anyone who can use the admin panel to post, upload files or edit site elements needs to have a top-notch access code. You can set your WordPress account up with a plug in called Force Strong Passwords.
  3. If you feel better choosing a password you can remember, use a sentence or song lyric with some complications thrown in, such as (AxelRose)SingsSweetChild0’Myne!!
  4. Use a password management system such as LastPass or 1Password to remember your passwords. You probably are familiar with the option to have your browser remember passwords for you. These programs are the same concept, but with more features.
  5. Write down your passwords. But don’t leave them on a sticky note attached to your monitor. Create a handwritten list of all vital passwords and store the paper outside your office. That way, you’ll be able to get them if needed but they won’t be readily available to hackers or thieves.

Strong passwords are key to helping you and all the people who admin your WordPress site keep information secure. If you need help with plug-ins or any other aspect of website security, don’t hesitate to get in touch.