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WordPress security authentication or SALT keys are the encrypted code that secures your login information. One way to enhance your WordPress Security is by automatically changing your SALT keys. In this article, we will show you how to automatically change WordPress SALT keys without any code.

What are WordPress Salt Keys

Salt Keys aka security keys in WordPress are the variables that store your login credentials in an encrypted form. By default, WordPress saves your login information in cookies which given the right conditions can be compromised especially when using public computers.

One way to stay ahead of this risk is to change your security keys manually from your “wp-config.php” File that is available in the root folder of your WordPress site.

The security and SALT keys will look like this.

Changing WordPress Salt Keys
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We recommend changing these codes on a regular basis to improve your website security (every 2 – 4 months).

You can manually generate the Salt keys from Secret-Key Service.

While changing the keys manually isn’t hard, it’s still time-consuming to manually edit a core file and upload it via FTP.

How to change automatically WordPress Salt Keys

The first thing you need to do is install and activate Salt Shaker plugin.

Salt Shaker
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Once the plugin is activated, you need to go to Tools » Salt Shaker page in your WordPress Admin.

Salt Shaker Settings
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You need to check the option for automatically changing the Salt keys and then select your schedule from the dropdown. You can automatically change the authentication keys daily, weekly, and monthly. We recommend weekly.

In case you want to change the security and Salt keys manually, then you can do so by clicking on the Change Now button.

Every time your WordPress SALT keys are changed, you and other users will be automatically logged out from your WordPress site on all devices.

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