WordPress Security Keys

WordPress Security Keys

What are WordPress Security Keys? WordPress Security Keys is a set of random variables that improve encryption of information stored in the user’s cookies. These security keys can be defined by user in the wp-config.php file (located in your WordPress root folder) at any point in time. During initial installation, it is not necessary for a user to provide these keys to install or run WordPress. If a user does not provide these keys in their wp-config.php file, then WordPress automatically generates these keys. WordPress Security Keys is a set of random variables that improve encryption of information stored in the user’s cookies. There are four security keys: AUTH_KEY, SECURE_AUTH_KEY, LOGGED_IN_KEY, and NONCE_KEY. To further strengthen these keys a layer of SALTs is added to them which is kind of like an extra password for these keys.

Why use WordPress Security Keys? The benefit of including these keys is that by deleting or resetting them a WordPress admin can force logout for all logged in users. These security keys makes it harder to crack your password. A non-encrypted password like “username” or “wordpress” can be easily broken, but a encrypted password such as “7s#&rxev|}&h Z<ILg/[email protected]{BG01CFcc9Aa`h5ILK) [email protected]}+Z’” takes years to come […]