The image of website hackers as nerdy teens is an outdated image. Today’s hacker not only may belong to an organization or network but may also have purchased well-designed hacking software that is bundled with actual customer support. One of the more popular hacking techniques is a brute force program that guesses passwords, millions per second, based upon the dictionary. For this reason any passwords that are made up of actual words or searchable terms are weak choices and should be updated. When you create a WordPress password be sure to use random and unique passwords. If any of your current passwords are weak upgrade them immediately.

Take a look at some of these true random passwords generated by Random.org. This will give you an idea of how unfamiliar a password should look. If you Google for information on how to create a password you will find outdated information that suggests phrases, names, numbers such as 2013. One of my best techniques is to select a phrase … I like to swim in the ocean.. and then edit it to something like… iL2SiT*O. Random, long, characters these are the guidelines that produce hard-to-break and hopefully not too hard-to-remember passwords.

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