For Best Security, Change Your WordPress Password AND Admin User Name Often – At Least Every Few Weeks!
Frequently changing your WordPress password and admin user name will help to prevent hackers from breaking into your blog – a serious problem particularly if your blog is popular and you are successful online.
It’s also important to change them if someone helps you with your blog and needs your user name and password to login to do the work. When they have completed the work, change your admin user name and password immediately. Even if the person is trustworthy, someone in their company might not be. Better to be safe than sorry!
How to Change Your WordPress Password
It’s simple. Sign into your WordPress blog and select Users in the menu on the left-hand side of your screen. It’s the icon shown in the picture below:
<— When you hover over the icon, you’ll see a drop-down list of options. Click on Your Profile.
At the bottom of the Your Profile screen, you’ll see the option shown below (click on my screenshot to enlarge it):
This is where you change your password. Make sure that you make it complex and hard to crack. The strength indicator will help you choose something appropriate.
And don’t forget to record your new password for the next time you sign in! I use *Roboform*to remember my passwords. I highly recommend it!
How to Change Your WordPress Admin User Name
Most WordPress bloggers do not change their admin user name. They keep it at the default name ‘admin’ or leave it at whatever they chose when they first installed WordPress.
Changing the admin user name is simple. Go to Users again and click Add New. Fill in the new admin user name and other information. Next click the role drop down box at the bottom of the screen and select Administration. After that delete your old admin username and you’re done!
Remember to change your WordPress password and admin user name, or at least your password, often!
~ Lillea Woodlyns
P.S. To learn how to protect your blog as much as possible from malicious hackers, I recommend WP expert John Hoff’s excellent ebook and video package:wordpress security tips