Implement secure passwords

Protection Requirement:

BASIC

Skills/Resources:

>Use password manager (optional)

THE THREAT
Weak passwords are a major security concern

THE OBJECTIVE
Use stronger passwords

PROPOSED SOLUTION

The need for stronger passwords, and to keep WordPress up-to-date, are the two top recommendations found on article about WordPress security.

Most people know they need to use stronger passwords but persist in using the same few weak passwords usually based on dictionary words or the names, on multiple sites.

DID YOU KNOW that any 8 character password regardless of how random it is can be cracked in under an hour using a regular computer with a video game accelerator card, and easy to obtain cracking software?

My recommendations regarding passwords is that they

  • should be at least 10 and ideally 14 characters long
  • should include mixed case, numbers and at least one special character
  • Should be unique – not used anywhere else

If remembering multiple strong passwords is a challenge, and it is for almost everybody, then I recommend using a password management program.

See http://howsecureismypassword.org/password-manager/

One of my next projects will be to produce a guide to creating and using stronger passwords. When this is complete there will be a link here to it.

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RESOURCES
The following plugin will audit the strength of current passwords used on your site:

http://www.wpsecurityauditlog.com/