There are so many elements that go into creating a successful and popular blog that often bloggers overlook one key feature: security. Keeping your website safe is probably the most important factor in ensuring your blog’s longevity and ongoing success.
If you fail to prioritize security, then one cyberattack could be enough to make all of the hard work you put into your content creation, marketing and monetizing completely useless. Fortunately, there are a few simple security habits that will give you significant protection from online threats.
Everyone knows passwords are essential to security. However, cybercriminals are becoming smarter and smarter. It’s crucial you’re getting the best possible protection from your login details.
First, it’s essential each one you use is different. This may seem inconvenient, but there are plenty of password management systems that can help you. Next, there are a few rules to follow:
- Use a variety of symbols, including capital letters, punctuation and numbers.
- Ensure it’s over six to eight characters long, depending on the site requirements.
- Avoid personal or common phrases such as “password” or your date of birth.
Many bloggers will download extensive home security suites and yet fail to realize one of the biggest threats to their blog security is actually when on the go. This is because public WiFi is notoriously unsecure. As the networks are open, they allow others users to see your data. This means it’s easy for hackers attached to the hotspot to intercept sensitive information about your blog, such as passwords and payment methods.
Fortunately, it’s simple to overcome this problem by ensuring you run a Virtual Private Network (VPN) on all the devices you use remotely. This handy tool works by creating an initial secure connection between your device and the VPN server, which encrypts your data and allows you to browse securely.
Stringent Link Clicking
One of the most important habits a blogger can use to keep a blog secure relates to how he or she interacts with the internet. It may seem like there is malware hiding around every corner, but in reality, it’s easier to spot than you may think. Out-of-character posts from friends, emails from strangers and promotions that sound too good to be true are all examples of blatant infection from an online virus.
Once you start to recognize these things, you’ll notice them more and more. Until then, one of the best rules is to be stringent about links and ads you click on. Ensure they are to trusted sites. It’s even worth checking the post and domain name for spelling errors as well. This is often an obvious sign of a scam.
It’s very common for bloggers to run a lot of programs and apps. Whether these are organizational tools, marketing platforms or even just your computer’s operating system itself, every single one needs to be kept up-to-date at all times.
This is because newer releases of software come with security patches for problems that have been uncovered in previous versions. When software is released to the public, hackers immediately start working on uncovering holes in the code. This means if you fail to update, you’re leaving yourself vulnerable to potential attack.
Preparing for the Worst
Finally, but perhaps most importantly, the greatest security habit you can adopt is to accept that you will never be able to ensure complete protection. Always remember and prioritize backing up copies of your blog posts and data.
When opting for a storage system, there are a few factors to consider. Cloud backups are an excellent choice. They are accessible from anywhere, but they hold the same security holes as any other internet-based content. External hard drives are a good backup. They are at very little risk from hackers but have a tendency to corrupt if they’re dropped or knocked too hard. Utilizing both options is the best way to stay safe.
These five points will help you develop basic good security practices. However, there are many more steps you can take. Be sure to leave a comment below if you have any other suggestions to add to this list.