A guest post by Ken Lynch.
It takes a lot of effort to start a blog. From choosing the correct theme to picking the right plugins, who says creating a blog is easy!
In spite of many modern-day solutions designed to streamline the process, but you still have to make a lot of decisions. And it takes an incredible amount of time to achieve a high ranking, as well as building up consistent traffic.
Unfortunately, your blog is still at risk from a minor security flaw or a targeted attack from cyber-criminals. Even worse, cyber-attacks are on the rise, meaning that there is no promise that your blog will remain safe without using the right security resources.
Here are five security resources you can use to keep your blog safe:
Backups for blogs
Just in case you suffered a successful attack against your blog or web host, having backups can help restore any data loss. Even if you manage to avoid an attack, backing up your data can be useful should anything goes wrong. There are various plugins which act as security resources to protect your data.
Some hosting companies offer frequent backups as part of their hosting packages. It is always a good idea to make sure the details of their backup practices fit in with your expectations.
It might also be wise to back up your data using other security resources, other than your web host. This limits any occurring downtime when trying to access backups from your web host for restoration.
If you opt to back up your data, it is always wise to comply with the necessary data protection regulations.
Use a firewall
The internet is quite unsafe for blogs. There are viruses, malware and botnets lurking behind the shadows. Without suitable protection, your blog can be easily exposed to security issues.
Installing a software firewall will help limit your website’s exposure to any security resources anomalies.
A firewall sits between your blog and the rest of the internet. It monitors all the traffic that arrives on your blog by tracking IP addresses, transfer times and download rates, etc. If anything isn’t quite right, the firewall will block incoming data from interacting with your blog.
Install security plugins (on WordPress)
If you use WordPress for your blog, you are in luck. There is a variety of plugins to provide security resources for your blog. Such as blocking spam traffic sources, or limiting the number of unsuccessful logins a user can try.
There are plugins that scan your blog comments for phishing URLs and URLs linked to malware attacks. Others can check outdated versions of your current plugins and offer alternative suggestions.
Before you install any plugin, it is wise to research the legitimacy of the plugins as well as the quality. You can easily identify this by reading reviews and focusing on the ratings.
Secure blog login (Captchas)
When you set up a WordPress blog, you will notice the default username is “admin.” Hackers also know this, and they use this to attempt to access your website. Therefore first thing you must do is change your username which you log in with.
It might be useful to install a Data Captcha plugin to limit the chances of your website undergoing brute force attacks. This means anyone attempting to login to your blog will have to bypass the Captcha. This is also quite effective in controlling spam as well as botnet activity.
If your password uses your birth date or the name of a pet, this makes it easier for a hacker to gain access to your data. There is software which guesses even less obvious passwords. It can go through many combinations of characters to work out your password.
However, if your passwords are complex, this will take a lot more time for them to crack it, which is why banks and online stores mostly ask customers to set up alphanumeric-based passwords.
It might also be worth installing a two-factor verification plugin for your blog. This will make it even tougher for hackers or any unauthorised personal to log in to your blog. Even so, this might be ineffective if you fail to be cautious with giving people access to your password.
For instance, writing down your password increases the chances of someone seeing it. Never offer your password to anyone, even if you trust them. A simple mistake by third-parties such as writing the password down could easily lead to a breach.
What data security resources do you use?
It is always amazing to watch a blog or website your build from the ground up attract enough traffic and even make bigger waves. With enough blog security resources you can protect your website and keep your readership and customers happy. Consider the tips above to protect your blog from the harsh digital space.
About the author
Ken Lynch is an enterprise software startup veteran, who has always been fascinated about what drives workers to work and how to make work more engaging. Ken founded Reciprocity to pursue just that. He has propelled Reciprocity’s success with this mission-based goal of engaging employees with the governance, risk, and compliance goals of their company in order to create more socially minded corporate citizens. Ken earned his BS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT. Learn more at ReciprocityLabs.com.