How To Change

Hi Everyone This is Katrina and I want to create a quick video in response to a post I just saw on Techcrunch reporting that hackers are pointing a large botnet at WordPress sites to steal the admin passwords and gain server access

So this warning is addressed to anyone with a WordPress website that also has a username called "admin" So "admin" is the username, the default username of all WordPress websites and it's the first username that hackers will attempt to use when they're trying to break into your website And we see that happening now So I want to show you in this video how to change your username from "admin" to something else so that you can protect your website So let's get started

So here we are on the WordPress login screen and I have this username called "admin" I need to change that for website security so this is how I'm going to do it The first step is you want to log in to your WordPress website as "admin" if admin is your username So I'm going to log in right now as "admin" Once you log in to your WordPress website you'll see the Dashboard

On the left-hand side you want to click on the link right here that says "users" So I'm going to go ahead and click on "users" And then you want to add a new user You can either add a new user by clicking on "Add New" at the top, or you can click on "Add New" under Users in the left-hand sidebar I'm going to click on "Add New" at the top here

Then on the "Add New User" screen, you want to give your new user a unique username and a strong password Once you've given your new user a username, an email, and a strong password, the next step is here where it says "Role", you want to make sure you give this new user "Administrator" privileges So I'm going to click on Subscriber, and then I'm going to Administrator right here So now this new user is set up to have administrator privileges The last step here to create the new user, is you want to click on the "Add New User" button below

Okay great So now we have two users for our WordPress website: the original "admin" user which we're logged into right now, as well as a new user which I've just created The next step is to log out as "admin" So I'm going to go to go to the top right hand side and log out as "admin" And then I want to log back in as the new user

So I just created a new user with a username and a password So you want to add the new username and password in the login screen of your WordPress website So here I have my username and password You can click on "remember me" to remember this for the next time you log in This will be your new username going forward

And then you want to click on login to login as your new username So I'm going to click on "log in" here Now here we are on the Dashboard but this time we're logged in as the new user So what we need to do now is delete the user called "admin" So I'm going to go back to users by clicking on the lefthand sidebar

And then we see the two users, both of which have administrator privileges for your WordPress website So we need to delete the admin one so I'm going to click on the delete link here when I hover over admin and click delete And the next step is we want to make sure we attribute all posts to the new user So if you have a lot of blog posts that have been created with the admin username, then you want to make sure you click on "attribute all posts to", and make sure that your new user is selected here in this drop down box Next you want to click on confirm deletion to confirm deletion of the admin username

Okay, user has been deleted So now we see that the only username for the WordPress website is the username that you just created here in the user screen So that's how you change your username from admin to something that is more unique and is better for your WordPress website security There's two other things I want to point out related to WordPress website security Number one are updates

You can check out your updates by going to the lefthand sidebar, clicking on Dashboard, and then you want to click on updates underneath where it says Dashboard So I"m going to click on updates right now And here we see I have the latest version of WordPress which at the moment of this recording is 351

And I have the most recent plugins and themes installed When you come to this page, if you have any updates that are needed it's a good idea to update them, so you might want to check this page out as well Now when you go to update your WordPress version, WordPress will prompt you to do a backup, to make sure you have a backup before you install the new version That is because sometimes there may be a conflict with your theme if you are installing a new version So do make sure you back up your WordPress website before you do any WordPress version updates

The second thing I want to point out related to WordPress website security are plugins that you can add to help strengthen the security on your website and help protect your website So two plugins I recommend, there are many plugins out there to choose from, but two that are recommended include Limit Login Attempts, which as it mentions, it limits the rate of login attempts for each IP, it's fully customizable And as it notes here, WordPress allows unlimited login attempts either through the login page or by sending special cookies which allows passwords to be brute-forced cracked with relative ease So with this plugin internet addresses will be blocked from making more than whatever number of attempts you specify when you configure this plugin So this is a good plugin to consider to help protect your website

Another plugin to consider is Wordfence, which as it notes here, Wordfence is a free enterprise class security plugin that includes a firewall, virus scanning, real-time traffic with geolocation and more So you can read more about features of this plugin We note here that it does say Wordfence includes a firewall to block common security threats like fake Googlebots, malicious scans from hackers and botnets So that is a good thing Looking at some of the details of Wordfence we see that it has been downloaded over 300,000 times and it was last updated March 21, 2013

It's compatible up to WordPress 351 To install either of these WordPress security plugins or some other kind of WordPress security plugin, you want to go to the lefthand sidebar, hover over plugins and click on add new Then in the search field you want to add the name of the plugin you are looking for

So I'm going to add Wordfence so I'm going to add Wordfence in the search field Then I'm going to click on search plugins to search for this plugin Here we see Wordfence Security is at the top so I'm going to click on install now to install Wordfence Are you sure you want to install this plugin? Yes, okay And once the plugin has been successfully installed you want to click on activate plugin to activate the plugin

Okay so Wordfence has been activated, we see a little note right here And now when you look at the left sidebar of your WordPress dashboard you'll see a new link that says Wordfence So I'm going to click on Wordfence here on the lefthand sidebar And here we see at the top you can start a Wordfence scan So I'm going to click on this to start a Wordfence scan to scan the site

And once the scan is complete you'll have a not here that says Scan Complete, and you'll have a message on the lefthand side In my case here it says scan complete, congratulations, there were no problems found, and when I scroll down, here once again it says New Issues, and if you have any issues related to your website they will appear right here But as we see, congratulations it says, I have no security issues, so I am good to go So there you go, three ways to protect your WordPress website Number one, how to change your username from admin to a more unique username

Number two, where to check out updates that may be needed on your website or with your plugins or themes And number three, two plugins that you can consider installing to help protect your website So I hope this video was helpful and if it was helpful feel free to share with your friends to help protect their WordPress website as well Also, be sure to subscribe to the channel for upcoming videos I will be posting on the channel Thanks for watching, I'll see you in the next video

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