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Blog: Your Admin Folder's Name: Security via Obfuscation

Dec152012

In wikipedia, the definition for obfuscation is "the hiding of intended meaning in communication, making communication confusing, willfully ambiguous, and harder to interpret."  That's what you're doing when you rename your admin folder ... making it more difficult for your admin area to be hacked because it's harder for the hackers to find.

When you choose an admin folder name, it should be something you can remember easily but should be hard for someone else to guess.  Let's look at some examples:

  1. Some might be easy to guess:  myadmin, zen_admin, administrator
  2. Some might be hard to remember:  Tx97Gz, uuu_77x
  3. Some might be easy to remember and hard to guess.  If you have 2 children, 3 dogs and your street address is 429 Maple St, then an admin folder name of kids2dogs3_429 would satisfy both requirements.

Think of your admin folder's name as a first-level password that you use to access your site.

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