Always rename your admin account to something difficult to guess. Name it, theJoomlaGod, damina, joesixpack, or anything you want to, but do change it to something other than admin. This is one of the most effective things you can do to protect and secure your Joomla installation.

Why you should rename you Joomla admin account

 A Joomla vulnerability in Joomla 1.5 had resulted in a malicious user being able to reset the admin password. A good number of sites got defaced. Our websites did suffer from the vulnerability, however they were not defaced. The reason for this is that the exploit made use of the fact that most users do not rename their admin account. Thus when this kind of vulnerability was exposed, the hacker just resets the admin password and logs on to the admin account.

Our websites did get their password reset, however they were not defaced. This is because the first thing we do after we install Joomla, is rename the admin user to something more sensible, and something difficult to guess. This ensures that most kinds of hacks which target the admin user do not work.

It also makes sure that anybody who tries to use common passwords or brute force attacks against your administrator password will not succeed.

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