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How To Change Your WordPress Username

by Adrienne Smith on September 2, 2013

WordPress blogs are easy to create.  You just log into your hosting service, go down to “Scripts”, click on “WordPress” and hit install.

Tada…  You’re on your way to having your first WordPress blog.

So the way this is set up though is that your username is automatically set to “admin”.

Little did all of us newbies realize that we’re just an accident waiting to happen.  Oh sure, our blogs are new so why would anyone want to hack into ours?

Who knows why hackers do what they do but trust me, they will.  If you leave your username as admin and have an easy to remember password then it’s just a matter of time my friend.

Well I shot a video showing you how you can rectify that today.  Yep, just follow along with what I’m going to show you and you’re on your way to making your blog that much more secure.

Ready to get started?  Then watch this video and I’ll catch you here in a minute okay!


So what did you think?

Hopefully you’ve done this a LONG time ago but just in case you still need to know how you can make your blog that much more secure then I hope you found this video helpful.

Love to hear if you already had all of this in place or if this was a reminder to you that you’ve been meaning to do this.

Always appreciate the shares too.  I’m sure there are some of your new blogging friends that need to be aware of this.  Let’s help them out shall we?

For all of my U.S. friends, Happy Labor Day!!!  I hope you’re enjoying your holiday and you’re not on this computer.  Go have some fun okay!  You deserve it!

 

 

 

 


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1 Felicia
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Adrienne,

This is a really great tutorial! It’s really easy to follow and great information if someone doesn’t know how to do this or hasn’t done this already! It really is important to remove the “admin” account so that hackers can’t find their way into your blog and ruin it. Thank you for sharing this with us! And Happy Labor Day!

Felicia
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2 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Hi Felicia,

Well thank you for stopping by this morning and I appreciate your comment. I know that the majority of my regular readers know how to do this but I keep getting asked about this so I thought okay! Video is coming and tada!

Happy Labor Day to you as well and please do enjoy yourself. I’m going to do the same.

~Adrienne

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3 Tim Bonner
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Hi Adrienne

Happy Labor Day.

I’m not sure what that is but if it means a holiday then all the better :-).

My son started school today so it’s very exciting times here in Edinburgh. My daughter was supposed to start today as well but we’re keeping her back until Wednesday as we have a check up at the hospital tomorrow.

I should really change my username to something a little more obscure I think and the password!

I’ve got WordFence installed to stop hackers but if they get into my site using the sign on screen then I’ve only got myself to blame.

Thank you for the reminder and I’ll be sure to share this as I’m sure there are lots of people out there who don’t realise about this issue!

Have a great week.

Tim
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4 Carolyn
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September 2, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Hi Tim, I knew about not using “admin” before but WordFence really highlights how important it is to have a unique user name. Nearly every one of the hackers who tries to log into my blog uses admin as the user name. The ones who don’t are more clever and try other logical user ID’s.

Adrienne’s message here is very important for bloggers!
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5 Tim Bonner
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September 2, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Hi Carolyn

I must admit, I see through WordFence the number of attempts at trying to log into my account with admin and it astounds me.

I don’t have admin as my username but my username should definitely be more obscure than it is and the same with the password!

It really is a fundamental thing to know about Carolyn, I completely agree.
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6 Carolyn
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September 2, 2013 at 9:19 AM

I know, Tim, isn’t it scary how many attempts are made to hack in? If you have admin as a user name you’re giving the hackers a huge head start.
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7 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Hi Tim,

Thank you so much and to you as well although I know you’re not in the states. As Wikipedia so eloquently defines Labor Day it’s a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

Wow, school has started today for the kids. Well I hope your daughter is continuing to get better but I agree with you, hold her back until she sees the doctor again. We wouldn’t want her having a set back.

Mine is something off the wall and then as I mentioned, part of it is spelled backwards. The person that cracks that deserves a huge prize but I don’t see that happening.

You’re right, we have to stop them at the login because that’s our responsibility. These plugins just show us who is trying so hard.

You are so very welcome and I want everyone to know that this isn’t as hard as they think it is. Just make it more difficult for hackers to actually get in, at least through the login screen. You’ve showed us how to make sure they don’t get in through any other weaknesses we may have.

Have a great week Tim and I’ll do the same.

~Adrienne

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8 Sylviane Nuccio
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Happy Labor Day, Adrienne!

That’s a very cool post for a holiday. It’s true that many people still don’t know how to create a safe and smart username and password. Of course, Admin is not one to have.

I can still work at making better usernames better though. So thanks for the reminder.
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9 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Thank you Sylviane and Happy Labor Day to you too!

I’m hoping most people have done something about this already and even if you don’t have it as admin you do have it as something very very strong. Hopefully my tips will help.

Thank you for sharing that and have a great day off.

~Adrienne

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10 Babanature September 2, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Hello Adrienne,
You know, at some time back, i did post on how to change username but did not use video as tutorial though :). I did love how you did the video, feels nice.

Leaving your username as Admin is very bad. Just yesterday, i got 2960 login attempt. I am really being targeted here :). But i hope my defense is strong enough :)
Thanks for showing us a live view of how to do this. Have a blessed week start :)
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11 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Hi Babanature,

I’ve read a few posts on this but they just do screen shots. Although I understand it for the most part, not everyone does and they enjoy my videos where I walk them through each step so I’m hoping this will help.

Having admin as your username as we both know is an accident waiting to happen and it will. I’m being targeted too Babanature and I got hit with 2031, a little less then you but I had another 1500 come through last night alone. They are definitely trying their best but guess what they’re using! Admin, administrator and adriennesmith. Really! I guess they think I’m that ignorant but that’s the problem, a lot of people still are.

You are very welcome and although this isn’t something you need to know I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Thank you so much and enjoy your week as well.

~Adrienne

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12 Glenn Shepherd
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Hi Adrienne,

This is essential info that ALL Wordpress users should implement.

You absolutely can NOT be too careful when it comes to your website’s security. Hackers are without remorse, they will not care about the damage they will do to your site and will exploit anything and everything that they can to get into your site.

Changing the default login away from “admin” is the absolute first and bare minimum that you should do. Another useful tip I picked up (I can’t for the life of me recall from where!) is, once you have your new login name set up, you should then go to your “Admin” account and change the site permissions to “No role”. That way, if a hacker still tries to get in with Admin it will still behave as an existing user but doesn’t actually do anything and can’t gain access, but without giving this fact away to the hacker. So while they’re busy trying to figure out the password for “Admin” (which now doesn’t exist) they’re not trying to guess the real username. This will hopefully throw them off the scent and keep them going around in circles trying to hack the “Admin” account instead of trying to work out what the real username is.

Regards,
Glenn
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13 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Hi Glenn,

It most definitely is and I’m very late in getting this information up.

You are so right and I have a good blogging friend that had her blog up but maybe six months and they hacked into her blog and she lost all the traffic she had built up. She was devastated and it just goes to show you they don’t care who you are. They’re just out to make your life miserable.

If you change that to “no role” doesn’t that affect the current admin because they still have the role of administrator. I guess maybe I’m confused about that. Huh, that sounds like a darn good idea though Glenn and hope you’ll come back and elaborate for me since sometimes those things are over my head. I appreciate you sharing that tip. Bravo!

Thank you Glenn and do have a wonderful week.

~Adrienne

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14 Glenn Shepherd
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September 2, 2013 at 9:37 AM

No, once you’ve created a new account as Administrator, you just change the old “Admin” account to having no role. Remember, each WP installation requires at least one administrator, no matter what the username is. So once you log in to the new administrator account with your new user name and change the old “Admin” account to having no role, it removes access through the username “Admin” but leaves the name there. So in this case, a hacker won’t be alerted to the “Admin” account not being a valid login and will waste their time trying to guess the password for this now ‘dummy’ account rather than trying to guess the new administrator username.

What some people do is just delete the old “Admin” account entirely, but then if a hacker tries to get in to your site using that name then they will be alerted to that account not existing and will thus try to guess the real username. So rather than deleting it, if you just assign it as having no role it then serves no purpose other than to send hackers on a wild goose chase, because rather than being alerted to the name not existing they’ll just get a password error as before and keep on trying, but of course now the account doesn’t actually do anything ;-)
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15 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 9:41 AM

So what you’re saying is don’t delete that account. I think that’s more dangerous myself because that would give them a better chance of hacking in even if they had no role wouldn’t you think? I would think that if you have a very strong username and password then let them try all they want. At least this way they can’t get in, not through this method at least.

I see your point though, thank you for explaining that to me. I so appreciate that.

~Adrienne

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16 Glenn Shepherd
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September 2, 2013 at 10:23 AM

No. At the most, even if they get access to “Admin”, all they are accessing now is a dummy account that doesn’t go anywhere, do anything or have access to anything. They can’t do anything once they’re in. Plus, if you set a ridiculously large and complicated password for this old account then it makes it near impossible for it to be guessed. You can use something like passly.org to create a huge and complicated password and you won’t even need to remember it yourself because, once set up, the account will serve no purpose other than being a dummy account with no access to anything.

On the other hand, if a hacker tries to access “Admin” but find that it doesn’t exist at all, then they will focus their attention on trying to guess a real administrator username, which we don’t want them to do. It’s much better to let them focus on trying to get into a dummy account than trying to guess the login for a real account
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17 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Okay, I guess I see your point. It seems to me though that a lot of these hackers are sophisticated bots so I’m assuming they would see that it’s a dummy account and move on! Just trying to find the best way to prevent them from trying over and over and over again. They’re infuriating Glenn! I bet I’ve been hit over 6000 times this past weekend, they’re wearing me out!

Thanks for explaining this to me.

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18 Carolyn
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Hi Adrienne, This may be the most important post you do for some bloggers. Anyone who uses admin as their user name is practically asking to be hacked! As I told Tim above, WordFence shows the user names that hackers use to try to get into my site. Nearly every one of them uses “admin”.

Thanks so much for this helpful video that makes everything clear. Changing the author of your old posts is an important step that people might have missed without the video!
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19 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Hi Carolyn,

I just mentioned that same thing to Babanature in my comment. Because I use limit login attempts I can see which names they’re trying as well and they’re nowhere near being my username. Yay!!!

You are very welcome even though I know this isn’t new to you and I have a feeling yours is pretty strong as well.

Thank you Carolyn and enjoy your week. Happy Labor Day!

~Adrienne

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20 Reginald
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Hey!

I think this is the first video I see you in action! Nice!

I did that long ago but it does give me the chill especially when you try to login and it says incorrect password.

What I think about the video? It is great! You sound very professional and calm. +1 anytime of the day.

Have a great week Adrienne.
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21 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Hi Reginald,

Really? This is the first post you’ve come to and seen one of my tutorial videos! Well, I’m glad you’re seeing my first one but I have a lot on my YouTube channel. Just happy for you to see me in action!

Yeah, I’m hoping the majority of my readers will have done this already. I have run into the incorrect password before but that’s only because the program I use kept trying to log me in with the old one so I’m now more careful to update that at that time and delete any duplicates. That will never happen to me again.

Thanks Reginald and you have a great week as well.

~Adrienne

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22 Jennifer Kennedy
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Woohoo!! This is super helpful! Off to change my user accounts for my two websites. Thank you so much for your video tutorial.

If I hire someone to work on my website, would I also need to create an admin account for them? Or, is there a different way of doing that?

I didn’t have too much of a weekend. I went into work on Saturday and I’m at work today. We have a few conference coming up and a lot of work to be done.

Have a fabulous day!
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23 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Hey Jennifer,

Oh good, glad you found this helpful. Now remember, make it hard for them to figure out.

You can create another account if you want and when they’re done with the work just delete that account altogether so they won’t have access to it again. I’m sure that whatever you have them doing they would need to have administrator access. If I let friends of mine help me I just give them my login information but I trust them 100%.

Oh man, sorry you had to work and are there again today. Bummer Jennifer. Hope it’s going a little easier for you though.

Enjoy your week okay.

~Adrienne

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24 Maddy September 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Hi, this is a must to know thing for every blogger that is using wordpress. i never thought it can be so easily. changing it regularly will definitely give you theft protection.
Thanks

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25 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Hi Maddy,

You’re right, this is very important for every blogger who uses WordPress so I would hope that everyone has a very strong username and password. If not, just follow this video and you’re on your way.

Thank you and enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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26 William Butler
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Hi Adrienne,
I had done this quite awhile ago. But I’ve also installed a couple of plug-ins that serve to keep the site secure: Limit Login Attempts and Captcha Code WordPress.

Kind Regards,
Bill
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27 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Hi William,

Well that’s great to hear! I have Limit Login Attempts as well but that won’t stop them from logging in if your login information is weak. That will just inform you of who is trying so hard. The captcha code I’m sure helps but I find them annoying so I don’t visit very many blogs that have those. 99% of the time the captcha codes tells me the code is wrong when it’s not so I can’t be bothered.

Sounds like you have some security things in place though, good for you.

Thanks Bill and enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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28 Mitch Mitchell
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

First, I can’t believe I’m actually commenting on the same day that you wrote a post. lol

Second, this is absolutely brilliant! I always wondered how to make this kind of change when everyone talks about its necessity. About time someone did this. Now I just have to decide what I want to change it over to and I’ll be getting this bad boy done.
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29 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Hey Mitch,

Oh wow, so nice that you are. I hope you have the day off my friend, you’ve been working way too many hours lately.

Why thank you Mitch, it’s really not hard to do and I’m sorry I haven’t shot this video before now. I really basically pull some random words out of my brain, some that are kind of sticking it to them if you know what I mean, and then spell part of those backwards if not all. Then I generate a heck of a long and hard password which I change monthly by the way, and they’ll never figure those bad boys out. I don’t care what kind of program they’re using. Good luck! lol…

Glad to help Mitch and great to see you. Now, have a fabulous week.

~Adrienne

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30 Ileane
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for the refresher course. It’s been so many years since I set up a new blog that I forgot how to do this step. It’s so important to stay on top of these things. Lots of valuable tips here too like the Strong password generator. Awesome advice.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday!
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31 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Hi Ileane,

My pleasure and you’re right. When we set up a new blog we oftentimes forget how the heck to do all of that. I don’t like that they automatically set it to admin without giving us the option of creating our own password. Most newbies have no clue how dangerous it is to leave it like that until it’s too late.

Thank you for your comment Ileane and have a great holiday yourself and enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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32 Majharul Hossain September 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Well, we all should extra care about our username and passwords! It should not be common, after all it is the question about our security. For web site owners it is really a big deal. Because your entire website security is on these two things…

So, Must say that it is a very useful to every WordPress user…

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33 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

You are right about that Majharul! This is very important for all WordPress users so have you ever had a WordPress blog yourself? I noticed you’re on Blogger and I would think security issues aren’t a problem on that platform.

Appreciate the visit and thank you for your comment. Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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34 Majharul Hossain September 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Who says that?

there is also a big security problem! I know some of guys who can hack gmail account very easily (I don’t know how, but it’s true). You can easily find thousands of topics this issue on the web. So, the security problem is everywhere…

I’m using Two Step verification for my Google account and it’s working well…

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35 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 2:27 PM

I know Gmail accounts can be hacked, or so I’ve heard so they can do damage to Blogger accounts too Majharul? I’ve never heard one thing about having issues with those.

I did a two step verification for my blog and it didn’t faze them at all. Man oh man they’re driving me nuts.

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36 Raena Lynn
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September 2, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Happy Labor Day Adrienne!

You are so good with tutorials! It’s nice to hear your cheery voice and you do a great job showing exactly what to do. This is such an easy fix for bloggers who didn’t realize that using admin is a huge security problem. I have more than one blog and I know there is one that I have not switched over to a different user name. I use it for one function, but after watching your video, you’ve inspired me to change it. I don’t use it for posting, but it is a good idea to just do it.

I will share this post because I think it will be very useful for beginners or bloggers who may not know how to make the switch. Have a great week! Thanks Adrienne!

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37 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Happy Labor Day to you too Raena! Hope you’re having some fun today.

Why thank you and glad you enjoyed the video and hearing my cheery voice. I thought it’s about time I shot one of these tutorials. I’m like you girl, I have a few other blogs that I don’t take care of nearly like I do this one but a couple weekends ago I went in and just changed everything up so that they’ve be a lot more secure as well all around. I don’t post on them either but that doesn’t mean I want them compromised either!

Thank you and I’m sure anyone that’s new will want to put this in place as soon as possible. This is the one thing they don’t want to let slide.

Thanks Raena and you have a great week as well.

~Adrienne

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38 Lisa
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September 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Adrienne, love how easy you made this task look. I’ve been meaning to do it on one of my blogs, so thank you. This is a very useful video to share too. Not just for beginners but others to avoid those nasty hackers out there. I hope your day is going good there and have a great new week ahead.
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39 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Hey Lisa,

Why thank you and it’s really not hard at all as you very well know. I had a couple other blogs that I hadn’t updated myself so after doing that I thought why not shoot this video and help everyone else so isn’t sure how this is done.

Thanks Lisa and I hope you’re enjoying your day. Mine is going alright, better now that those darn hackers have slowed down. So have a great week okay girl!

~Adrienne

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40 Bilal Malik September 2, 2013 at 1:36 PM

It’s really nice! I know how to change username but when I didn’t know I searched a lot on Google! Thanks for this post. It’s very useful for newcomers because they won’t fool around here and there they can easily learn and understand this method and can change their username! :)

Want to know one thing from you that why didn’t you approve my link in last 2 comments ? :(

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41 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Hey Bilal,

When in doubt, search on Google right! Glad this hasn’t been an issue for you and you know how to do this already.

I hope all newbies will appreciate learning this as well. It’s SO important.

I responded to your email and keep getting it returned. I can’t get it to go through for some reason so I have my hosting service looking into that. I might respond from another email but I’ll let you know why they’ve been removed.

Have a great week Bilal.

~Adrienne

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42 Sandy Halliday September 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Good video demo. I agree that you cannot be too careful. Although I never left my user name as admin I have changed all my blog logins to much more secure user names and passwords a while ago when I had my email acount hacked and there was a spate of attacks on Wordpress.

I have had a lot of notifications from Wordfence over this past week that it had blocked potential attacks on my blog. It is very worrying.

The tip that our IT guy gave us for coming up with a secure password was to think of a memorble phrase and then take the first letter of each word to form your password, making the first one a capital and then adding some numbers.

Thanks for the reminder about Last Pass. I keep hearing about it but have not yet done anything about using it.

Sandy
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43 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Hi Sandy,

Thank you, glad you thought that I did a good job.

Yeah, I changed mine a long time ago but thought it was time to make them even stronger. Not that I’ve ever been hacked but you can never be too careful you know.

Yeah, within the last three days I bet I’ve had over 6000 hits. They’re wearing me out because I block every single one of them and that in itself is time consuming.

I prefer just having something random do that for me and then I take it and change some of those up myself. I change my passwords monthly so continuing to come up with that is hard. It is for me at least but that’s a good idea Sandy, thanks!

Oh, you’re welcome. I love that program and it’s my lifesaver.

Thanks for the comment and enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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44 Enstine Muki
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Nice Video my friend!
Oh! did I say Happy labor day ;)

One of the first things I was told was never to use admin as username and to change the admin ID from 1 to something else. Did you notice your procedure also takes care of the admin ID issue? I have always done this thing you shared here directly in the database but you shared a simple way of doing the same thing from the non techies’ angle.

Thanks for making it so simple

Happy labor day
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45 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Why thank you Enstine and thank you.

Yeah, we have a lot of people who won’t go near their cPanel let alone their database. I’m all about easy and for the most part we have more non techies then we do techies coming to my blog. Nice to know you can do it directly from there which of course I would assume you could.

You are so very welcome although you don’t need this information. Thanks for the Labor Day wish! I appreciate that.

Have a great week.

~Adrienne

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46 Susan Cooper
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September 2, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Adrienne – I too have found how important it is to create crazy passwords that no one will think of. I learned it from a friend a long time ago. The crazier the better. My web developer made sure I changed the admin password as soon as I set up my WordPress account. It is sad that so many people live their days hacking into others sites but they do and we need to be as safe as we can.

Your tutorial is wonderful. You went step by step from beginning to end and made it so easy for us to be able to change our user settings. This is a need to see tutorial for any new blogger. :-)
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47 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Hi Susan,

I know, the crazier the better and the longer with characters and symbols is the best way to go. I change mine monthly so they never stay the same for any length of time.

Why some people want to continue to hurt others is beyond me. It’s sad really, so very sad but it’s a part of life.

Thank you Susan, glad you found it easy to follow which I’m hoping beginners will as well.

Enjoy your week and lovely to see you.

~Adrienne

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48 June
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September 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Thanks for this very useful post Adrienne. Sorry I haven’t been here for a couple of weeks. Been busy with family stuff and working on my some other issues.

It’s not Labor Day here in the UK. But I wish you a happy Labor Day and a great week. enjoy! :-)

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49 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM

You’re most welcome June and thanks for stopping by.

Don’t apologize, you’ve probably noticed I haven’t been by either. Sure hoping September will be a much better month though so you’ll see me soon.

I appreciate the holiday wish though so thank you. Hope you’re enjoying your day and please do have a great week.

~Adrienne

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50 Donna Merrill
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Happy Labor Day Adrienne!

Now this is a good reminder for all! I cannot believe how many people still have “admin” as their user name. It is like putting a sign on your front door saying “Come on in and take anything you want!”

Although I don’t consider myself a techie lol….this is one thing I do know how to do. It is imperative that we create a user name that is long with letters, symbols and numbers. Mine is so long, it’s insane! he he

Also, I usually put on my calendar to change my user name every so often. If I don’t write it down, I will just forget.

Thanks again for this shout out to all!

-Donna

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51 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Happy Labor Day to you too Donna! Great to see you.

Yeah I know and little do they realize that’s exactly what they’re doing. Just making it so easy for hackers to just make themselves at home and wreak havoc on their blogs.

Well good for you girl, I’m so proud of you. I know how non techie you are, really non techie so this is a very good thing Donna.

I do too, I have it written on my wall calendar to change it every month. I’m like you, I need those reminders.

Thanks for the comment and enjoy the new place.

~Adrienne

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52 Suzanne
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Adrienne,

Thanks a million for this video! I had been meaning to change my user name from admin for the past two years but heard horror stories about messing up your blog by doing it the “wrong” way. I just watched your video (twice) and finished changing my username.

Question for you: what about the times when you have responded to a commenter through your dashboard? After I changed my username my avatar is not shown on my replies to comments. I’m guessing it probably takes time for it to be shown again.

Thank you for being you :)
Suzanne
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53 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Hey Suzanne,

You’re so very welcome and I’m so thrilled that you did it while going through the steps. People think it’s so hard to do and that you’ll ruin something but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I think we just need to be taken by the hand at times.

It’s really weird that in your dashboard your avatar isn’t showing up but if you go to your blog post it is. I don’t know why that does that because it’s connected to the correct email but mine is the same way. Strange I know but as long as it’s showing up on my blog then I’m good. Sometimes it does take a little time to catch up or you can go back into the gravatar site and just do a check once again.

Ah, well it’s a pleasure Suzanne and I’m so happy to help make this simple for you.

Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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54 Sonia
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Good video because I didn’t know that you change the admin login information. I don’t use admin either, but allot of new bloggers do this and I think its because when you create the wordpress panel in either bluehost or hostgator it automates this for you.

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55 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Hey Sonia,

I know, I had Bluehost and it automates that process for you which I hate. I wish they gave us the option but that’s not the case. I’m glad yours isn’t admin but I know this will help some of your new blogging friends for sure. Suzanne watched the video and did it with me and it was a breeze. She was nervous so I know others will find this easy too.

Thanks for your comment and you enjoy your week okay!

~Adrienne

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56 Jeevan Jacob John
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Neat trick, Adrienne :)

I usually name my full name as my username, so I never had a problem with this (I probably shouldn’t have said that online, but I do change my passwords once in a while :D).

But, what you mentioned is also a good tip – using custom usernames. I never had thought of that (I do travel a bit, and quite often I can’t take my laptop with me. So, I do need my account details memorized).

Anyways, thank you for the tips, Adrienne :) And, of course, Happy Labor Day!

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57 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Thanks Jeevan!

You should never use your name because they’ll try that along with admin and administrator. Hopefully your password is strong enough so they can’t break it but that’s never a good idea.

The program I mentioned for remembering passwords, you can log into it from any computer and access all of your passwords. Fabulous program and a life saver for me. I don’t know what I would do without it myself. Just a thought!

You are most welcome and sorry for my late response. I lost internet connection after a thunderstorm we had this afternoon.

Have a great week Jeevan and thanks a bunch.

~Adrienne

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58 Jeevan Jacob John
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Well, my password isn’t that easy to crack ;) I do wish that sites would allow us to use other language characters in passwords (that would result in more complex and hard to break passwords).

Yeah, I have heard of Last Pass. I use another program called Dash lane :D I have to give Last Pass a try though (Even though the program automatically stores all my data, I still want to memorize all my passwords – It gives me some sort of satisfaction :D).

Not a problem at all. Hope the weather is better now :D

Thanks! Wish you the same :)

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59 Eddie Gear September 2, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Hi Adrienne,

You have this post published right on time. Over the last couple of days I’ve been having friends from various networks contact me about their blogs being hacked. I’ve been asking them to perform a few security checks and few changes. Changing the WP username is one of the requirements and this YouTube video makes it so easy to follow and understand. Thanks so much. I will be forward this article and YouTube video to my friends who need this.

Cheers,
Eddie

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60 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Hey Eddie,

I’m happy to hear that Eddie and I hope that your friends find this one helpful. I believe it’s pretty easy to follow and I’ve had a few people tell me they just did it as they watched the video and no problems at all.

I appreciate you sharing it with them Eddie and thanks so much for letting me know. Always appreciate the comments and shares, you know I love to help.

~Adrienne

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61 Ilka Flood
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Where were you a couple of months ago when I needed this, Adrienne? JK. I did figure it out though. And yes, absolutely, most of the hackers use ‘admin’ or even your first and last name to try to hack into your block. At least they do so at mine. Changing the username to something totally unique just makes sense.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom! Have a fantastic week!

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62 Adrienne
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September 2, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Sorry about that Ilka, I should have shot this one a long time ago. I just never got around to it because I had found some posts where people had explained it rather well. But I eventually had so many ask me that I thought the video would be much easier. Glad you got that figured out and all is well now.

Those hackers will definitely start with what’s obvious but hope they’ll never figure out the rest.

Enjoy your week as well.

~Adrienne

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63 Ryan Biddulph
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Oh yes Adrienne, you need to change from “admin” immediately because hackers are just praying to gobble up these accounts. I did so many years back and also switch create unique user names for all of my guest posters. Thanks for the important share.

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64 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 8:44 AM

I appreciate you sharing that Ryan and I would hope that most people would have this in place already. That’s great that you’re on top of that because we wouldn’t want anyone hacking into your blog that way. That would be horrible knowing that we just let it slide with our laziness.

Thank you for your comment Ryan and have a wonderful day.

~Adrienne

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65 Harleena Singh
Twitter:
September 2, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Ah…glad I finally made it – horrible Internet connection past 2 days! I’m just glad it’s working now :)

Happy Labor day as well and I hope you had a nice Friday and a long weekend with your Mom and family. I know how much we treasure any such kind of get-away we can get with our loved ones.

Informative video yet again for those who wouldn’t know how to change the username. Yes, I didn’t know that when I switched over from Bloggers to WordPress, but it wasn’t for long before I made the required changes too. It does look funny to have an admin mentioned in place of the real user and I do see lots of blog owners still use that, and I hope they can use this information to make their changes soon too.

Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)
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66 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Hi Harleena,

Oh no, I feel for you. Mine went out last night after a storm blew through here yesterday. Funny thing is I lost internet during the storm but it didn’t last 15 minutes. The internet came back up and I was doing my thing and then it went out again and was out most of the night. How does that even happen! Urgggg… So frustrating isn’t it!

Thank you so much and I was online all day yesterday hoping to catch up but with the loss of internet we both know that didn’t happen. I did get quite a bit done though so I’m not totally complaining. lol… I spent all day Friday with my Mom though. We had to go close out her safety deposit box in her old town and then dropped by to visit some friends. It was a good day spent with her so I guess that was my Monday.

Thank you and I know you’re on top of this Harleena but we both know there are plenty of people who aren’t right! It frustrates me when I visit a blog and I can’t find their name anywhere. Obviously they don’t realize what a huge mistake that is and I usually won’t stick around and comment either. Who am I even speaking with right!

For those that do need this information I hope they’ll find this video helpful and if you know of anyone please do send them my way okay! Thank you Harleena and have a wonderful week as well.

~Adrienne

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67 Angela McCall
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Awesome video, Adrienne!

I have been wondering about this for a long time coz I want to change my username. I don’t have the admin but some people are guessing my user name but my password is super hard. I use LastPass to remember all my passwords. Each social media have different passwords and they all came from the password generator. 15-20 letters, symbols, numbers long.

Anyway, thank you for showing me. Have a great week.

Angela
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68 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Why thank you Angela!

Well now you know girl and it’s really easy to do. Just make that username just as hard as that password and they won’t be getting in that way at least. I’m glad you use LastPass, it’s my life saver girl. I don’t know what I would do without that program. It just handles everything for me and it’s not Google! Yay!!! The strong password generator definitely helps give us ideas of passwords we should use and I love that site.

Thank you for your comment and hope you have a wonderful week.

~Adrienne

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69 Angela McCall
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Adrienne, I’m not sure if you’re aware of this. I thought I’d come here and check too. You know that plugin “Efficient Related Posts” is not working for some reasons. I don’t see my Related Posts in my blog and so does on your blog. Wondering what happens?
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70 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM

You’re right Angela and no, I wasn’t aware because it was working the other day. I’ll have to go and check to see what the heck happened. Huh, thank you for letting me know. I so appreciate that.

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71 Adesanmi Adedotun
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 2:12 AM

Madam Adrienne,

Changing wordpress username as being a nightmare for we newbies, many times I did tried to change my username but I couldn’t and I know that without changing it, my account may be vulnerable to hacking but with this video clip, the ball is now in my court. Thank you madam for this wonderful video.

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72 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Hi Adesanmi,

You definitely don’t want anyone having easy access to your login information so I’m glad you found this video helpful. Now go change that username right this minute if you haven’t done that already and know at least they won’t be getting in that way.

Thank you Adesanmi and you have a wonderful week. I appreciate your comment.

~Adrienne

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73 Darek
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 5:03 AM

Very informative post as always Adrienne!

Long time since I’ve last commend here, hehe.

It’s pretty simple and common stuff but you’d be surprised by the amount of people that still got “admin” as their user names.

There is also a quicker way to change your username! If you’re using “Better WP Security” you’ll be able to change it with a click of a button. And if you’re username is still “admin” they will highlight it in their dashboard to red and tell you to change it.
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74 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Why thank you Darek, love hearing that.

I know, it’s been awhile but I’ve been MIA myself this past month. Personal things that happened in my life that set me way back so I understand how things just happen that keep us from doing certain things. Just lovely to see you again so thank you for taking the time to stop by.

One thing I’ve learned through this blogging journey Darek is that when we don’t know how to do something then we automatically see it as hard or scary. We’re always afraid we might break something. But when someone teaches us and we soon realize just how easy it was then we shake our heads thinking what a dummy I was for being so scared. I know I was that way which is why I love helping others understand how to do these things easily. You’re right though, there are so many people who still haven’t changed the admin username.

Well that’s cool Darek, I’m not using that plugin but thank you for sharing that. I wouldn’t have known that of course.

Appreciate the comment and again, thanks for stopping by. Please do have a wonderful week.

~Adrienne

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75 Jignesh Rathod September 3, 2013 at 5:06 AM

Adrienne, thank you so much. This was really useful tip. I thought it is not possible to change WordPress user name from default ‘admin’ to preferred name. And yes, it’s good for security reasons to.

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76 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Hi Jignesh,

You are so very welcome, glad you found this helpful.

Well you can’t actually change it but you can add a new one and then delete it but when I do a video about adding one people aren’t interested in that you know. Like I never add anyone to my blog so I thought sharing this title would grab their attention more and it worked. ;-)

Thank you and I appreciate your visit today.

~Adrienne

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77 Elissa P
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Hello Ms. AdrienneWonderful advice as always. Thank you for your time and hard work.

I changed mine as you had suggested but after watching and reading this post, I will have to go back and double check or just change my user name and password all together again.

Thank you and blessings always. Elissa.

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78 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Well hello there Elissa,

I’m happy to hear that yours isn’t admin but if you don’t think it’s secure enough it’s easy to change. We never want anyone hacking into your blog now do we!

Thank you Elissa for your comment and hope you have a wonderful week.

~Adrienne

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79 igor Griffiths
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Well hello Adrienne, thanks for sharing this.

This is a great first step to undo the security risk that using a installation script creates.

One thing I have noticed since switching hosting is that our new one uses Softaculous instead of Fantastico. This has been a revelation because it allows you to alongside creating a cryptic username to modify the database table names and several other fields, these small adjustments will defeat most scripted attacks.

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80 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Well hello Igor and you’re so very welcome.

For most people who do the easy blog install they aren’t aware that their username needs to be changes so they just go about their business. I’m hoping this video will help them realize that they can easily change that now.

My old hosting service changed from Fantastico to Simple Scripts some time back but with this new one I’m not sure what they use. I haven’t installed a new blog yet but will be doing that soon. Glad you’re able to modify some things much easier now.

Thanks for the comment Igor and enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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81 Emmanuel
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Hello Madam Adrienne,
What a way to help newbie bloggers like myself! Many are obviously ignorant with respect to the sort of attacks they are likely to come by just by ignoring their username.
Thanks a lot for this awareness!

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82 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Hi Emmanuel,

So glad you appreciated this post and video and I don’t want anyone who isn’t aware to get caught in the crossfires of some mean hackers. Just follow these instructions and you’ll have a new username in place immediately.

Thank you for your comment and enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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83 Ashley F
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Ok, so this is all quite interesting stuff and I think something many people need to do……..but my big question is this. What happens to post attribution – if I just change my login, is it all still kosher with Google. Any ideas what happens there.

Otherwise, great stuff as always. And now I have a voice to go with the name!
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84 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Hey Ashley,

Definitely, people need to do this as soon as possible if they have their username as something easy for them to remember.

Ah, you didn’t watch the video my friend. I explained that there is no issue at all. You’re the same person, it’s your name and you give yourself credit for all those previous posts. No problem whatsoever Ashley!

Thank you and go check out my YouTube channel and you’ll see me in person in a few of them too. I use to do a lot in front of the camera but mostly now I do how to tutorials. They seem to be much more helpful for most.

Thank you Ashley for stopping by and have a great week.

~Adrienne

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85 Barbara Charles
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I’m surprised at how many people still have ‘admin’ as their username. I feel it’s a lack of experience. And to tell you the truth, it just doesn’t register what security means to newbies. Even months after I started and had ‘admin’ as a username, I didn’t have a clue as to why I should change it. I ‘heard’ the words, but didn’t care or understand what the big deal was about. Shortly thereafter I ‘finally got it’ and good thing I did. I think it’s just lack of experience and understand that makes people not take care of this.

Thanks for sharing this critical information. I know I certainly share it as much as I can.
Great post.
Thanks,
Barbara

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86 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Hi Barbara,

I’m surprised too but a lot of people just either don’t know any better or they don’t know how to change it. As you so nicely put it, they don’t understand the risks either. A lot of people have the attitude that their blogs are new and no one will want to mess with theirs. Boy, you know that to be wrong don’t you girl! It goes back to the same old saying that they just think it will never happen to them until it does. Then they’re kicking themselves for not having listened sooner. Well now I’ve made it easy for them so no more excuses. Hey, even Donna can do it girl so you KNOW it’s easy.

You are so very welcome and I so appreciate you sharing this. You know me, just want to help everyone not make these silly mistakes.

Thanks Barbara and have a great day!

~Adrienne

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87 Tom Jamieson
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Hi Adrienne, I already knew how important this was, so I have never used “admin” or anything similar on my sites. However, I never knew that the username could be changed. This is great info and I will certainly share it where needed. Thanks for the enlightenment and have a great week!
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88 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Hey Tom,

I’m not surprised that you have all of this in place. Do you know for the first couple of years I blogged I probably had admin as my username not knowing any better. I think it’s just being taught what to do and being shown how to do it. From there I’m good to go.

Well, it can’t be changed but you have to add a new one and then just delete the old one. It’s still you and you can just put yourself back as the administrator. It’s so simple to do so Adrienne to the rescue.

Thanks Tom for sharing this and for your comment. I so appreciate that.

Have a great day.

~Adrienne

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89 Barry Wells
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Excellent video tutorial of a subject that scares the bejesus out of most people. I think it’s hitting the delete button and trusting that everything will work…. Which of course it does when we have people showing us :)

Like Carolyn has mentioned in many of the comments WordFence, and limit log in attempts when I was using it, show that admin is the most used by those attempting to log into our sites. And for those who don’t realise it this happens on a daily basis.

Great tutorial Adrienne, thanks :)
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90 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Hi Barry,

Thank you Barry and you’re right. Most of us are scared because we’re afraid we’re going to break something so this way having someone walk us through what to do is the best way to learn in my opinion. Look, all turned out well.

I use Limit Login Attempts myself and it shows the same thing. That, administrator and my name are the ones they try the most along with some of my guest bloggers names. Of course they strike out every time so this was you’ll be so much safer.

Glad you liked the tutorial Barry and thanks for taking the time to stop by. I know how busy you are these days. Have a great week okay.

~Adrienne

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91 Cararta
Twitter:
September 3, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Man Adrienne,
Gone pro on the video.

Impressing. Don’t know how you find the time!

Only thing I do different is I let Last Pass generate a 20 character password
because that is what my Wp Security Plus recommends. Says the bots
don’t waste time after they get up to 12 and usually leave. Said a 20 character
password could take years to calculate.
To Bad Last Pass doesn’t generate user names!

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92 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 4, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Hey Carolyn,

Thank you and this is just another one of my tutorial videos my friend. I think that shooting a video for some things works much better then just writing a post.

I don’t generate a password through that program only because I’ve been doing it this way for so long and not a lot of people have this program. But you’re right, anything past 12 is even better. I never go below 15 myself and it’s never the same length each time either. I live a variety to keep them confused.

Thanks for the comment and enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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93 Ray September 3, 2013 at 11:25 PM

I haven’t used an auto-installer in a long time now, but I know years ago a lot of them did automatically use admin as the login. Not just WordPress, but many other CMS scripts. Admin is probably the most common widely used of all CMS systems. You think they would ask you what you want to use for a login. Of course I don’t know if that would help any. A lot of people would probably use it anyway.

Nice video tutorial you made too. I know some security plugins will do a similar process for changing login, database id number, etc.
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94 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 4, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Hey Ray,

Since you’re the computer guy I can see why you wouldn’t go that route. I’m sure even if they did ask you people would just put their names. They wouldn’t know any better coming into this or at least the new people wouldn’t.

I’m sure there are some plugins that will do this as well but you know me, the less the better. Just do it yourself and forget yet one more darn plugin. lol…

Thanks Ray and have a great day.

~Adrienne

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95 Sita Gabriel September 4, 2013 at 1:00 AM

I tried to change a username for one of my wordpress sites and I failed. Just have to give it another try.
Thanks!

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96 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 4, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Hi Sita,

Thanks for stopping by and sorry your other attempt didn’t work but this one will. Well, you saw the video and I changed mine right then and there and all is good.

Good luck and thanks for your comment.

~Adrienne

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97 Akaahan Terungwa
Twitter:
September 4, 2013 at 2:04 AM

This is an excellent entry, Adrienne. Usually, once I float a new blog, that’s the first thing I do: change the username name to some obscure name then I install Limit Login Attempt Plugin. That way, if some random hacker attempts anything funny, and gets it wrong twice, his/her IP is blacklisted. Your blog is safer that way!
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98 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 4, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Hi Akaahan,

Why thank you so much, glad you enjoyed it.

I’m so thrilled to hear that and you’re on top of things my friend, most people aren’t. They leave that to another day and then that day comes too late for them. I also have limit login attempts installed and I don’t know what I’d do without that plugin. Those people are nuts trying to hack into my blog but no one has been successful yet so that must mean something right!

Thank you for your comment and have a wonderful day.

~Adrienne

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99 Susan Velez September 4, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Adrienne,

Great video, I haven’t used auto-installer on my hosting account for a while. Well only the sites that I flip, I install them with it.

All my personal sites I install manually and always change the admin name to something that even I can’t remember.

I use Roboform to generate the admin that is usually 20+ characters long and the password for me, which is usually longer than the admin name.

I then back up all the information on my computer and on my Passport in case anything happens to my computer. I store all the log in and admin info for my personal sites.

I even go so far as to change the wp_ table prefix to something totally different.

Great video explaining how to do this.
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100 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 4, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Hi Susan,

That’s the only way I knew how for the longest time Susan, the auto install and of course when you have new people coming onto the scene you have to keep things simple for them.

I’m so thrilled to hear you’re on top of this and that I don’t doubt with what you do for flipping site. They have to be secure right!

Wow, you’re really on the ball and I recently learned a lot more of doing all of that. I also have a fabulous friend who helps me too so he’s changed the names of some of my obvious files so I feel so much safer with him on my side.

Thank you for sharing this with me and do have a fabulous day. I’m going to start calling you the Flipping Queen! ;-)

~Adrienne

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101 Stephan September 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Hi Adrienne
Your article is very helpful for me.
Honestly i was trying to find some way to change my username’s wordpress. i failed for times and luckily i found your post.
Thanks for your valuable information that you provided here.

Stephan Wu

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102 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 4, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Hi Stephan,

So happy to hear that you found this one helpful. I know how it is when you don’t know how to do something and that can be so frustrating. I know this video will definitely show you what to do so have fun changing that okay!

I appreciate your comment and thank you for the visit today. Have a great week.

~Adrienne

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103 Ti Roberts
Twitter:
September 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Hiya Adrienne,

Glad to “hear” you on video (and see you as well, as I just checked out your YT channel and subscribed) :).

This is def a topic of interest and concern for many new bloggers. I’ve already done this some time ago, but I try to make it a regular practice to change up my password every few months. I’ve also just recently beefed up my WP security a little and I feel much better about my site’s security.

Anywho, thanks for taking the time to create this tutorial for those who need it.

I’ll be seeing you around, lady. :)

Ti
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104 Adrienne
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September 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Hey Ti,

Ah, you’ve never seen one of my videos before? Well girl, you’ll see quite a few of them on my YouTube channel so thanks for subscribing. I always appreciate that.

I’m glad to hear you stay on top of that so now we just need to teach everyone else right! I change my passwords, all of them, every single month. Yep, have just made that my mission to do so just to be on the safe side. We can never be too careful but glad to hear you have other things in place as well.

Why thank you so much for stopping by, always a pleasure to see you. Hope you have a fantastic day and I’ll definitely be seeing you around young lady. ;-)

~Adrienne

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105 Laura Raisanen September 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Hey Adrienne,

What an excellent video tutorial! This is something not many people realise – or care about even if they do. I would think most people assume that as long as their password is strong, they’re safe. You’ve made it much easier for everyone to ensure they are safe.

Thanks also for letting us know about Last Pass! I think I definitely need something like that to keep track of my passwords.

Thanks for sharing!

Laura

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106 Adrienne
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September 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Hi Laura,

Thank you, glad you enjoyed this one. Not that you need it but hey, you just never know right!

I definitely want to make it easy for people to understand why this is so important and how they can change theirs easily. I don’t want anything happening to their blogs so no more excuses right!

I LOVE LastPass and have been using it for years now. I’m sure there are other programs out there you can use but I love how I can access my account from any computer so if I’m on the run I never have to worry about remembering any of my login details. It’s great, give it a try.

You are very welcome and thanks for the comment. Enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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107 Kyle September 4, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Sweet, this has been on my to-do list for awhile now. thanks for the tutorial Adreinne!

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108 Adrienne
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September 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Hey Kyle,

Happy to hear that and hope you get this taken care of easily!

Great to see you again.

~Adrienne

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109 Nate Leung
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September 4, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Hey Adrienne!

Having ‘admin’ as your username is like being exposed in the open and invite all criminals to come in and get into your site. Experience does have a great deal with knowing that hackers like to pry for those who are still using ‘admin’ as their username. I changed mines awhile ago and because I read somewhere that it was prone to potential hacks. Good thing I did! Hope you have a great Labor day Adrienne. I’m a little late here catching up on things!
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110 Adrienne
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September 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Hey Nate,

To me it’s like locking your front door but leaving the key under the mat with a note on the front door telling someone where it is. Dah! They are so sophisticated now with all their fancy software that if you have something simple then they’ll figure it out and you’re screwed. Glad to hear you had this changed some time back.

Thanks Nate and my Labor Day was productive. Hope you’re having a really great week.

~Adrienne

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111 Karen Hoyt
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September 4, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Adrienne –
I agree with others, it was great hearing your voice! I loved the video, and am going to change my user name. I will admit that I have been nervous about it. I did NOT want to lock myself out of my own blog.
You make it look simple. You just have that way of making everything look so simple.
Thanks for giving the best tips for bloggers!
Karen
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112 Adrienne
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September 4, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Hey Karen,

Ah thanks and I know you’ve heard me before! ;-)

Well now you know how to do this and you won’t lock yourself out. It’s really easy to do and just go through my video as you’re doing it and you’ll have thank changed in no time at all.

You are so very welcome and glad you found this helpful.

Have a great rest of your week now.

~Adrienne

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113 Kumar Chandan
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September 5, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Hi, Addienne,
The video is very informative and useful. I had heard about this but it was the first time I see in a video.You have made these steps very easily to change user.
Making strong User name (combination of alphabets, numbers and special charters) and strong password get us a secure site.
Thank you very much for sharing this.
Have a nice week. :)
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114 Adrienne
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September 5, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Hi Kumar,

Happy to hear that, that’s definitely what I was going for. Have you ever needed to change yours before Kumar? If so then here ya go!

That’s exactly what strong password generator does is add all the necessary combinations that make it difficult to crack. Add a very strong username to that and they’ll have to find another way to get in. That’s what we’re all going for.

You are so very welcome and I appreciate you stopping by and do have a wonderful day.

~Adrienne

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115 Sue Price
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September 5, 2013 at 3:46 AM

Hi Adrienne

Ah I cringe as I use such an obvious username pretty much in everything I do. I did though follow one of your previous posts to where I log in. But of course it makes sense to have user names that are unique.

I have been hacked before so know how that feels. I went to log into my site one day and it was all gone – everything. Thankfully I do back up each day and also very grateful for Kimberly.

Great tutorial Adrienne. Thanks

Sue
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116 Adrienne
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September 5, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Hi Sue,

Not sure what you use for security measures but I have limit login attempts and it tells me who is trying to hack into my blog. The username they always go for are admin, administrator, adminadmin and adriennesmith. Lucky me I’ve never used any of those for my username accept when I first got my blog and of course admin was the default. Never use something they can guess cause all they have to do is know your name and they can find out so much other information if you have it online anywhere. They’re so sneaky Sue.

I can’t even imagine that feeling Sue. I’ve had issues with mine in the past but it was some glitch or maybe something stupid I did but my hosting service was always able to repair whatever the issue was. That has to be the worst feeling in the world though knowing someone has invaded your privacy and stolen your stuff.

Glad you liked the tutorial and go get that username changed girl. We do not want this happening to you again. Better safe then sorry right!

Enjoy the rest of your week Sue cause it’s the end for you.

~Adrienne

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117 Chetan Gupta
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September 5, 2013 at 3:47 AM

Hi Adrienne
I really like the way of representing this topic about changing WordPress username. It’s really a great topic. do you know, I have also written a tutorial too. You can read my written guide below. ;)

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118 Adrienne
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September 5, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Hi Chetan,

Thank you and glad you like what I shared. I have no doubt there are many people who have written about this topic as well but some of my readers probably don’t visit your blog so I thought it was about time I do my own tutorial. I think videos are the most helpful when you walk them through step-by-step what to do so they can do it as well.

I’ll have to check out your post and thanks for stopping by.

~Adrienne

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119 Mayura
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September 5, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Excellent piece of advice with a how to video :) Well done!

I know you have been talking about how insecure to use admin username, but yet I found bloggers having same username on WordPress. Even after publishing dozen of blog posts for a year or more.

Just before I land here, I’ve gone through a video published by Barry and he showed how many people out there trying to take control over his WordPress site by using admin username in login.

Glad he mentioned your post up here on changing username, ’cause I know that some bloggers think that they will lose their blog posts or attributed to another random username in that process. No way if they follow it right!

Now this video gonna come in handy for those who were afraid to take action or wasn’t sure how to do that :) Newbies have no idea. I know few who can use this video right now and sharing with ‘em along with the Barry’s video. So I don’t wanna write ‘em instructions :D lol…

You have a fabulous day there Adrienne :)

Cheers…
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120 Adrienne
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September 5, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Hi Mayura,

Why thank you so much I appreciate that. Glad you enjoyed my video, not that you didn’t know this already. ;-)

Oh yeah, there have been several of my readers who have been blogging for over two years who are still using admin as their username. They didn’t know how to change this or shall I rephrase that and say add another one and delete the old. See, some people are still uncomfortable doing certain things or they just don’t know how.

Barry and I get hack attempts every single day and that’s exactly what they are using to try and get in. That and my name of course. I’m glad he referenced my video because I know a lot of people are afraid they’ll lose the author recognition for all their posts. No way and I’ve just shown them what to do so no more excuses right!

I hope for anyone that you know that wants this done Mayura that you’ll just point them to this video. I’ve had a few ladies change theirs already who never do anything but log into their blogs, write their posts and answer comments. They won’t even install a plugin but they’ve now changed their username. I’m so very proud.

Thank you so much Mayura and for sharing this one as well. You have a fabulous day/night and weekend okay!

~Adrienne

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121 Susan Neal September 6, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I learnt how to do this some time back, but this is a great tutorial – I remember initially being told it was very complicated to do and involved scary stuff in cPanel, but then found the technique you show here, which is very easy.

I use LastPass too – don’t know how I ever managed without it!

Thanks, Adrienne – an excellent, clear video.

Have a great weekend :)

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122 Adrienne
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September 6, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Hey Sue,

I’m so thrilled to hear that Sue which means you have a very strong username and password. At least you’re prepared on that end.

You can do it through your database which I actually learned how to do yesterday but that’s a scary place to be if you aren’t familiar with it and if you mess things up you’re in a world of a mess.

I don’t know how I could manage without LastPass either Sue. It’s just been my lifesaver and a very easy way to help me create more secure login information that I don’t have to freak out about having to remember.

You are very welcome and thanks for sharing your thoughts here. Have a great weekend as well.

~Adrienne

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123 Jitendra Vaswani September 7, 2013 at 1:54 AM

I REALLY appreciate this info. I am new to WordPress, and you helped me set up my website to how I wanted it. Makes it more personal having a real name rather than “admin”. Thanks again.

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124 Adrienne
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September 7, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Hi Jitendra,

I’m glad this was helpful but I hope you didn’t put your name as the username but instead made it much more secure. The only person that should ever see that is you. You can have your name as the author of your posts instead of admin by changing that in your settings. Just be sure you’ve come up with something very secure. This will be the most helpful down the road.

Thank you for your comment and glad you found it helpful.

~Adrienne

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125 Dan Meyers September 16, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Just what I needed, thanks for the helpful video!

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126 Adrienne
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September 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

You are very welcome Dan and glad you found it helpful.

~Adrienne

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127 Corina Ramos
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September 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM

I’m never going on vacation again because I missed this post, lol :)! I was over at Barry’s blog watching the WordFence video and he mentioned your post about changing the user name in WordPress. My first thought was “what, I missed a post!” and then I see the date and that’s when I was on vacation :).

This video came in handy, it made it easy for me to do. I’ll admit I tried to do it on my own before Barry mentioned your post and I saw the message “user name cannot be changed”. Shoulda waited :).

On a serious note the idea of knowing there are folks out there trying to hack our blog is very scary and I’m definitely going to stay on top of my blog’s security. Thanks for the video Adrienne! Happy Tuesday girl!

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128 Adrienne
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September 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Hey Cori,

LOL!!! That’s too funny Cori but girl, you’re got to take vacation now. I know what you mean though because remember last month was my month from hell and boy did I miss a bunch of posts. Playing catch up will warrant another vacation cause I’ll be so worn out!

You can actually change the username but you would have to go to your cPanel to do that and that freaks too many people out. Even me to be honest with you, I don’t like messing with too much stuff unless I know exactly what I’m doing. This is just so much easier to do.

There are so really seriously disturbed people out there Cori and they just hack into our blogs to make our lives harder. I had a friend whose blog really wasn’t that old but they hacked into hers and made a huge mess of it. She was in tears so imagine if you’ve had one for awhile. Just be careful and make sure you’re protected and starting with a really strong username and password is a good place to start.

Thank you and you have a great week okay.

~Adrienne

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129 Jaideep Gill October 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Great tutorial Mam and very simple, i think the only posible method to change username is by editing sql database. i don’t even know about this way to edit your wp username.

Thankyou :)

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130 Adrienne
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October 8, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Hey Jaideep,

Thank you and I prefer simple.

Most new bloggers aren’t comfortable with editing their databases and I’m not even that comfortable doing that either. This is the best way to get this done without having to know any of that.

Appreciate the comment.

~Adrienne

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131 Alan Ashwood November 10, 2013 at 3:52 AM

Hi AdrienneI bounced back here from Barry\’s place. People – TAKE NOTE!I woke up one morning to find three of my sites had been hacked. Very unpleasant images, and some idiot telling me I was an American infidel, and would soon meet my maker etc. Totally atrocious music too! As I\’m actually English I wasn’t overly bothered by the \’curse\’, and my maker died 25 years ago (love you dad). BUT . . . The next weeks were a nightmare. Even with the help of my host, Justhost, we were unable to track the rogue code. I did restore from a backup, but that lasted one day before it fell pray to a different hacker (probably connected). This was after I\’d changed all the user names and passwords at Justhost.I eventually, I had to lose two sites forever, including the only one that was making a little money.I have recovered one, and my first duty of care is – SECURITY.Changing the Wordpress Username is one of the quickest steps you can take.Moral: IT HAPPENED TO ME – IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU!Thanks for the video Adrienne. I hope everyone watches it then takes action – NOW!Footnote: Tracked one of the hackers back to Facebook. One of the pages was offering hacker recovery services, the other three were blank, saying just \’Friend Me.I reported these to Facebook, with screenshots, links etc. They did nothing!All the pages are still active!!!The name, by the way, is: Hacker Aceh.If I\’m ever in Indonesia, I\’d like to discuss infidels and makers. Just on a social level, of course.Ta ta f\’nowAlan

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132 Adrienne
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November 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Hi Alan,

Well glad you stopped by and found this post to be helpful.

I’m so sorry to hear about your sites, that’s horrible. Security is so important and it does start with changing your username. Sure, they can get in other ways which is why there is so much to making sure you have things in place but if your username and password are weak then you’ve just basically said to them come on in.

Glad you got one site back but sorry you lost the other one. That really does sound like a nightmare.

Thanks for sharing and hope you’re seeing much better days.

~Adrienne

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133 Alan Ashwood November 10, 2013 at 3:55 AM

Embarrassed.

I have no idea why my comment looks odd.

All paragraphs and punctuation corrupted – sorry.

No – I haven’t got a bug.

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134 Adrienne
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November 10, 2013 at 10:53 AM

I’ve found that when a comment hasn’t gone through the first time and I hit the back button it ends up looking like that. Or I paste it from a notepad. Not quite sure why that does that either but don’t worry about it. I appreciate what you shared more then how it looks.

:-)

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