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If you’re working with or using WordPress, then you should always think about your site’s security. WordPress isn’t any more or less secure than any other platform, but the number of users, plugins and third party add-ons make it a common target for attackers. Don’t worry though, there are some basic steps you can take to keep your site safe (even if you’re not very tech-savvy)!

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1. Don’t use ‘admin’ as a username

Most WordPress ‘hacks’ and attacks don’t do anything more sophisticated than try and brute-force their way into your admin area by guessing your password. That’s much easier for them to do if they don’t also have to guess your admin username! Avoiding using common words (like admin) for your usernames can make brute-force attacks much less effective.

If you’re working with an older site that already has an ‘admin’ user, it might be time to delete that account…

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