It doesn’t matter if your site is big or small, conspicuous or obscure, there’s always someone trying to hack it.
These people will use bots to find your login pages and use a brute force tactic to gain access into your site admin area. Brute force means they will try multiple times at the most common username and password combinations in the hope that they can access your admin area.
If your password consists of just six lower-case letters, it will take mere seconds to crack. Up that to seven, and it would take a hacker around 10 minutes, while using a common password such as “birthday” could see it discovered in a fraction of a millisecond.
But a nine-digit combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols would take over a thousand years for somebody to run through enough possible combinations to find.
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Keep your password safe. Don’t share it! If anyone else knows your password, change it by adding a number or character somewhere into the body of your password. I’m sure your friends are exceptionally trustworthy people but how about their friends and the friends of their friends? You can’t be too careful.