Hackers know that many WordPress installations leave the default “admin” user name with a simple password. And that knowledge makes your website vulnerable. You can improve your site’s security by creating a new username that is unique to your site. Here’s how you do it:
- Login to your WordPress dashboard as admin
- Create a new profile with a unique username and a strong password – you’ll need to use a different email address to do this
- Make this new user an administrator
- Log out
- Log back in as the new user you just created
- Delete the original “admin”
- You will be prompted to either delete this user’s posts or attribute the posts to the new user. Attribute them to the new user. Then click on the “Confirm Deletion” button (as shown below).
Now you can change the email address for this new user back to your preferred email address.
Presto! You have just enhanced your WordPress site’s security.
[cross-posted on: LearnWP Blog]