Help tighten security for your WordPress blog by always logging into your hosting cPanel securely.
Why? Because logging in to your cPanel through https:// provides an encrypted communication and secure identification of your hosting provider.
When you first sign up for a hosting account, you receive a “Welcome eMail” from your hosting provider. If your hosting provider offers a cPanel, there will be a link to log-in.
Here's part of a sample “Welcome eMail” from HostGator:
Welcome to the hostgator family!
Your Domain: something.com
Your Username: somtin
Your Password: Pa33word
Your sites IP address:
Your name servers:
Until your DNS has changed over to our nameservers, you can access your cPanel at: http://126.96.36.199/cpanel
~ Source: HostGator Support
Unfortunately, this link will redirect you to http://ipaddress:2082, which is a non-secured port.
I think the reason hosting providers give this link is because some people may have the secured port blocked by their firewall and might cause some confusion. Nonetheless, I wish they would give the secured link anyway!
After your domain name propagates to your hosting account, you can also log-in using http://yourdomainname.com/cpanel, which again will redirect you to the non-secured link of http://yourdomainname.com:2082.
Log-in to your cPanel Securely on Port 2083
Rather than using the link provided in your email, I suggest changing the link to https://yourdomainname.com:2083, which is a secured port.
You will know this is a secured port, because you will see in your browser's address bar https:// instead of http://.
The first time you open the secured url, you should see a warning message appear on the web page. Here's a screenshot from Firefox:
Internet Explorer: Click on “Continue to this website (not recommended)” text.
Google Chrome: Click on the “Proceed anyway” button.
This warning is normal and wants to make sure you trust the source. Click the text “I understand the Risks” and a drop down message will appear. Here's a screenshot from Firefox:
Click the “Add Exception” button. A pop-up window will then appear to add the security exception. Screenshot from Firefox:
Click the “Confirm Security Exception” button and you will be taken to the cPanel log-in panel.
You can now log-in securely with your username and password to access your web hosting cPanel.
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