Running a blog has many benefits, and it’s a great way of expressing your opinion or talking about things that matter to you. Regardless of the reason you decide to start a blog though, there are some thinks to take into consideration. Owning a blog can make you vulnerable to potential cyber attacks so it is important to keep your blog protected. It may seems like a lot of things to consider, but prevention is much easier than trying to fix things after a breach has occurred. Here are a few ways to tighten your security while online.
Keep Passwords Complex
Passwords although can be a pain to create, they do need to be complex. Especially when it comes to that of your blog and other platforms you might use. If you just have the same password for all your logins then you risk causing major damage to all your platforms rather than just the one that gets hacked. This is a pain point for me if I’m entirely honest and I have in the past been lazy about it; but after having to change passwords for several sites, due to a breech on one, I have to admit, in the long run, making everything different will pay off. Try to pick passwords that are completely unrelated to your blog or personal life and make sure you change them often so that it keeps your security level high.
Use Two-Step Authentication
Two-step authentication is something that’s being used more and more with businesses nowadays and in our personal lives. It connects to your phone, and whenever you log in from a new computer or device, it sends a code to your phone to then input into said device. This is great to use as an extra layer of security, but it’s also good for whenever someone does try and login to a platform that’s not you. It’ll also help you in making sure you reset your password if a threat is detected.
Vet Your Collaborations
With applications like Netsuite, it’s now possible to vet any potential collaborations you work on with other bloggers or with PR companies and brands. This is awesome, especially if you tend to work directly with your partners, rather than securing all of your work through a network of some type. Netsuite lets you quickly verify your customers’ identities and anyone that you may be working with where your blogging is involved. Running something online means that you may never meet with anyone physically and that you have to trust that they are who they say they are. We want to think everyone has good intentions, however, using applications like this will help you ease any concerns you may have about those you communicate with online.
Browse Websites Safely
With blogging, you’re likely going to be landing on more websites than usual, so it’s important that you browse safely. You should have a firewall of some description, protecting your computer. Make sure this has a feature where it vets a website before you click on it. If there’s anything that might be suspicious on there, it’ll then warn you before you click through. This is fairly common with most net security programs and services so if you don’t have that happening already, I’d make it a priority.
Read Your Emails
If you end up running your blog as a side hustle, you’ll probably be getting plenty of emails through from various individuals who you’ll have never come across before. So it’s important that you read your emails to check for anything suspicious. I’m usually pretty good, but everyone can get in a hurry and get a little lazy sometimes. A few simple things to look for, include grammar and odd email address’. If you see something obvious, it’s probably something that you’ll want to flag as being one to delete. Don’t click on any links until you’re absolutely sure it’s genuine. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.
If your blog is your hobby or full-time business, you should put in the same effort to ensure that you and your blog are well protected. Be sure to back up your blog regularly and save the file on your computer or in an online storage drive. Your hosting company may provide this service with your hosting plan, but if not, it’s something that you can’t afford not to set up.
Do you have any tips and tricks for keeping your site secure? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!