While keeping WordPress websites secure is an essential part of a developer's job, making sure users employ strong passwords is just as essential but a lot trickier to accomplish. WordPress manages login cookie server-side, uses salting and stretching to enhance the security of stored passwords, and uses a permissions system to limit the amount of information shared. A user with a weak password can easily compromise a website so a long and complicated password with upper case letters, numbers, and symbols should be created; don't allow old passwords to be recycled back into use, force frequent password changes, and use two-factor authentication if possible in case a password has been compromised. Security plug-in can be used to manage user passwords and a password manager to keep track of it all.
- Requiring strong user passwords is a key step in securing your WordPress site.
- WordPress has made significant improvements in their handling of password security issues.
- Techniques like frequent password resets, disallowing old password use and adding two-factor authentication are good ways to ensure your users have strong passwords.
“You can’t skimp on securing a website (or, if you’re a user, your private information) simply because you don’t want to generate a better password than the one you created for Gmail five years ago.”
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