In our recent post on pimping the wp-config.php file, we explain that using strong Security Keys is an important part of securing your WordPress installation. In this post, we want to zoom-in on Security Keys and look at what they are, how they work, and how to use them to greatly improve the security of your site.
Eight keys, one file, one step..
In a nutshell, WordPress Security Keys refer to four authentication keys and four hashing salts (random bits of data) that work together to add an extra layer of security to your cookies and passwords. Security Keys exist as single-line definitions in your WordPress configuration file, the honorable