December 20, 2014

How To Change Your Admin User Name NOW!

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robot I know I’ve been talking about this a lot lately, but none of us want to have our blogs infected by hackers using brute force tactics to get into our files through using the default “Admin” login name. This should be one of the first things you change when you begin your blog.

Source: These are directions Website Defender gives in order to change your Admin name.

  1. Login into your WordPress admin panel using your admin account.
  2. Select the ”users” area from your dashboard panel, and click on “Add New User”.
  3. Fill in the form and choose ”administrator” in the ”Role” drop down menu (remember to enter a strong web password and also check the password strength indicator to confirm that your new password is strong enough).
  4. When finished, click on ”Add New User”.
  5. Log in again using your new WordPress admin username.
  6. Navigate to the ”Users” area.
  7. From the users list check the box of the previous “admin” username and select ”Delete” from the drop-down menu.
  8. Next, you will be asked about the articles posted under the the previous ”admin” username. Select the option “attribute all posts and links to:” and select your new administrator password. When ready click “Confirm Deletion”.
  9. Make sure that the “display name” of your admin user is different from the username, especially if the admin user posts any blog articles. If the actual username is used also as ”display name” of the writer, a hacker can easily identify the admin username and target the account.

Can 143 Year Old Diaries Fly?

I have a question about traveling with priceless family heirlooms. The heirloom in this case is a Civil War diary written by my ancestor John W. Breedlove during his years in the Army. He started out writing it with pen and ink, but during hard times, when supplies were likely non-existant, he resorted to using berry juice. One of my cousins has custody of the diary and lives across the country from me. He is going to be flying here next summer, and when I talked to him the other day about the trip to visit the west coast, I asked him if he would consider bringing the diary along with him. His quick reply was that he didn’t think he could bring it with him because he was afraid to take it through the x-rays at the airports.

I realize that even asking him to bring it with him is somewhat selfish, but this might be the only way that the rest of us descendants would get to see it in person. A good majority of us live here in Washington, and it would be cost prohibitive for us to fly to Florida. We have asked him to take pictures of some of the pages of the diary, but he hasn’t done it yet. What really tugs at my conscience too is that he has told us there is a list of men who were hanged as deserters in the diary.

So, the question is, would the diary be safe going through security if he hand carried it from Florida to Washington? What’s your opinion?

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