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Security Reminder: A Strong Password Is Your Best Defense

Passwords are the primary way that most users secure accounts, whether they are banking, sharing information among friends, or simply setting up an email account. As a result, the security of your online information is directly related to the strength of your password. Password security can be improved in two ways: 1) the strength of the password itself and 2) the frequency with which the password is changed.

Password Selection
Choosing a password that is both memorable and secure can be challenging. Stay away from using commonly known things about you—your pet’s name, your birthday, the name of a spouse or child. Length is important, but security can often be significantly improved if the password includes a series of characters: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters such as & or $.

Password “Freshness”
Though it is often inconvenient, a good practice is to refresh your passwords on a regular basis. The variability adds another layer of complexity to your password beyond the characters in the word itself. While sequencing is tempting (password1 changed to password2), a better choice is often to vary the word in its entirety.

Please take a moment to update your passwords for your Register.com accounts. For your reference, we’ve included a step-by-step guide to password changes for some of the key services from Register.com and for sites that use WordPress or Joomla!

Register.com Account Manager
To change the password for your Account Manager, go to https://www.register.com/myaccount/productdisplay.rcmx, log in with your Username and Password, and follow the steps below:

1) On the Account Manager home page, click on “My Password” under “My Account” on the left-hand side of the screen.

2) Enter your old password as well as your new password and confirm the new password. Click “Continue” to confirm your changes.

3) You will see a message that your save has been successful.

Hosting FTP Password
To update your FTP password, go to your Account Manager via https://www.register.com/myaccount/productdisplay.rcmx and follow the steps below:

1) Log in to your Account Manager with your Username and Password.

2) Under the “My Accounts” section toward the center of the page, select the hosting package assigned to your domain name.

3) This will bring you to the “Web Hosting Dashboard” page where, if you scroll toward the bottom, you will see “Change Hosting/FTP Password.”

4) Enter your new password and confirm it. You can then click on “Change password.”

Note: Your new password must be 5–29 characters and contain at least 1 uppercase letter, at least 1 lowercase letter and number or special character [! @ # $ % ^ & *].

5) If your change was successful, you will see a confirmation message on the screen.

Email Password
To update your email password, go to your Register.com Account Manager via https://www.register.com/myaccount/productdisplay.rcmx and follow the steps below:

1) Log in to your Account Manager with your Username and Password.

2a) Single-User Mailbox Instructions: Navigate under the “My Accounts” section toward the center of the page and select the appropriate mailbox below your domain name.

2b) On the following page, you can update your password and click on the “Change password” button to save your changes.

Note: Passwords must be 8–14 characters and must contain all of the following: an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, a number, and a special character [! @ # $ % ^ & *].

2c) The success screen lets you know your password has been updated.

3a) Multi-User Mailbox Instructions: Navigate under the “My Accounts” section toward the center of the page and select the Multi-User email account below your domain name.

3b) Click on the blue button titled “Manage Customer Email Services.”

3c) Click on the Email box you would like to change the password for and update your password. Click on the save button.

Note: Passwords must be 8–14 characters and must contain all of the following: an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, a number, and a special character [! @ # $ % ^ & *].

WordPress Password
To change the password for your WordPress account, follow the steps below:

1) Log in to your WordPress Admin panel by accessing it through a Web browser. You can typically access your log-in screen by using the Admin link based on your domain. For example: www.[example-name].com/wp-admin.

2) Now that you are logged in with your current username and password, click on USERS in the Admin Panel menu.

3) Click on the appropriate user to change the password. Note: To fully protect yourself, it is recommended that you update your password for all users.

4) Scroll down to the New Password section and type in your new password in the two boxes shown. The strength box will show how good (or strong) your password is.

5) We recommend that you always use a strong password. A strong password should consist of all of the following:

8–14 characters
At least 1 uppercase letter
At least 1 lowercase letter
At least 1 number
At least 1 special character: ! @ # $ % ^ & *

6) For additional assistance in changing your password for WordPress, please refer to the following WordPress link: http://codex.wordpress.org/Resetting_Your_Password

Joomla! Password
To change the password for your Joomla! account, follow the steps below:

1) Log in to your Joomla! Administrator Panel by accessing it through a Web browser. You can typically access your log-in screen by using the Admin link based on your domain. For example: www.[example-name].com/administrator.

2) Now that you are logged in with your current username and password, click on User Manager in the Control Panel.

3) Click on the appropriate user to change the password. Note: To fully protect yourself, it is recommended that you update your password for all the administrators of your Joomla! site.

4) Locate the New Password section and type in your new password in the two boxes shown.

5) We recommend that you always use a strong password. A strong password should consist of all of the following:

8–14 characters
At least 1 uppercase letter
At least 1 lowercase letter
At least 1 number
At least 1 special character: ! @ # $ % ^ & *


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