Recover Your WordPress Password

I own several WordPress blogs. I tend to use the same username and password for all my WordPress installs. For security reason, I should really use different passwords as well as usernames. Have you ever forgotten your WordPress password? It happened to me the other day, while trying to access my WordPress development install that I haven’t accessed in a very long time.

There are several ways to recover your WordPress password. One way of recovering your password is to use PHPMyAdmin, a database administration tool. I will walk you through how to recover your password using PHPMyAdmin. Assuming you have access to your PHPMyAdmin, (most host providers do)  you will need to access your WordPress database and the ‘wp-users’ table in particular. From there you can edit a user, probably the one with the admin rights.

You will notice that the password field is encrypted. You will not be able to read or guess the password, unless you know how to hash MD5 in your head. I doubt that you do. Maybe, you do. What this means is, that you will need to re-enter a new password for a user. The problem is how. How do you enter a hashed password? It’s easy. When you edit a user you will need to use the MD5 function for the password field.

WordPress uses the MD5 hash, not SHA1. It’s important that you select MD5.

Example

The password field is called ‘user_pass’, and the function selected in this example, is MD5. You can now enter a clear text password in the form like the one above. Once the password is submitted, the password will be automatically encrypted.

You can now login to WordPress via the Admin Dashboard.

Giants Win World Series

The San Francisco Giants finally won the World Series. The last Giants victory was way back in 1954 when they were still called the New York Giants. It’s their first championship since moving to San Francisco in 1958.

The 56 year drought is finally over. The Giants have been in the World Series three other times, losing in Game 7 to the Yankees in 1962, jolted by an earthquake and swept by the A’s in 1989, and a heartbreak loss to the Angels in 2002.

The Giants won the Series with phenomenal pitching from ace Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, Madison Bumgartner, Brian Wilson and  the rest of the bullpen.

If there was one statistic that tells the whole story about the 2010 World Series champions: Rangers 29 hits, Giants 29 runs. It was all Giants pitching.

On to the parade.

Use Caution When Acessing A Public Network

There is an ad-on for Mozilla Firefox called FireSheep, which allow others to snoop on other people’s account in a public network. Users in networks such as hotels, airports and Starbucks are vulnerable when accessing their email, social networks and online banking.

This is all the more reason to be wary when accessing public networks. Online banking is definitely a no-no. Perhaps now, accessing your email or any of the social networks is also off the table.

If you must use a public network, use VPN to protect yourself from Firesheep. You can use your office VPN if you happen to have one. The other option is to use your home router, if you happen to have a router that supports VPN.