Blogging 101: Safety and Security

Everyday, hackers go onto the Web and look for loopholes to exploit. When they find them, they seize their opportunity and install malware and other nasty software. You’re probably thinking: ‘how does this affect me?’ Well, you’re a blogger, aren’t you? As a blogger, you can’t afford random thieves to access your pride and joy and flood your site remotely. Sadly, far too many people with websites and blogs don’t take its safety and security seriously. After all, they only target big enterprises, right?

For the bloggers who aren’t secure enough, this is your lucky day. Underneath are the tips and tricks that transform your site into a digital Fort Knox minus the gold.

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Change Your Login Details

Firstly, platforms like WordPress have default settings for new users. Hackers know this, too, which is why the login details need personalising as soon as possible. A tip is to use a different password than normal and to include capital letters, signs, and numbers.

Besides this, you should also change your password on a regular basis. Pass codes which stay the same are easier to hack because it gives the thief fewer combinations to guess. Lastly, use Captcha to prevent programs from entering the site with brute force.

Update Plugins

Bloggers love to use widgets because they add to the user experience. Anyway, you need to share content, and social media is the quickest and most accessible way to hit the brief. Unfortunately, the features that you think are your friend can, in fact, turn into an enemy.

Plugins and software programs have bugs and glitches – it’s an occupational hazard. As a result, there are weak spots for hackers to target as a means to access the site. Updating these features makes them more secure as the upgrades contain fixes.

Invest In Quality Antivirus Software

The best way to secure your blog is to install antivirus software. But, how do you know what is good and what isn’t? The answer lies in the price. Any program that is free or cheaper than the competition isn’t comprehensive enough. This is especially true if they have a free and a paid version because they will hold features back.

Also, consider unbiased sources and what they have to say about the software. If someone you trust believes manufacturers make the best malware removal programs for PC, don’t take the advice lightly. As long as they have experience and expertise, their counsel is important.

Back Up Data

It is worth saying that backing up your data won’t prevent an attack. Still, sometimes a hacker isn’t easy to stop. Quite simply, hacks are inevitable at some point of another. The sooner you understand this, the better because you can begin to pick up the pieces.

By backing up your data, for example, you can reset the blog to the last saved point. Hopefully, this will prevent you from losing any important or sensitive data.

As the saying goes, the best do the basics well.