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16 Essential Online Security Tips For Bloggers

Published on 4/5/2018
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This article shares 16 essential online security tips for bloggers and webmasters. Running a blog or website is your business and livelihood, there are several things you can do to protect your blog online.

In todays world, hacking and security problems are very common. If you are looking to make money online from your blog in the future too, then you must make sure that your blog is secure.

Here below are 16 essential online security tips that can help you protect yourself.

 

Tip #1:

Using public networks can be risky. Especially travel bloggers are at risk, because they often hook up to the Internet at any place they can connect to the web, for instance at a café. This makes it easy for someone to gain access to your computer. 

Tip #2:

Sometimes when you are traveling, you can get a computer problem. It is not a good idea to let a complete stranger help you fix it. You can get huge problems down the road.

Tip #3:

Never share your blogging email address with anyone. This is especially important when you are using an email address as a login. This can become a real problem because lots of websites need your email address. If someone hacks your email address, now they will also (probably) have access to all your other credentials.

Tip #4:

One of the most important online security tips for bloggers and webmaster may seem obvious to most people, but it is surprising how many people use a weak password.

Your password must be strong. It has to be something you can easily remember, but something that others cannot guess. A great password is at least 10 characters long, it contains a number, a special character, uppercase and lowercase letters.

For security reasons, always use a unique password for every site. Bloggers often have dozens of websites they need to login on. A good tip is to use a password manager such as Roboform (Roboform.com)

Tip #5:

To add another layer of protection, enable a two-step verification. This will drastically reduce the ability for someone else to gain access to your account. This is really important when you are logging into your blog dashboard. For Wordpress users, there are plugins you can use (for instance the "Two-Factor Authentication" by miniOrange).

Tip #6:

Never give Administrator rights to someone else. You cannot know how reliable the person is, so you need to be in charge and in total control of your blog at all times.

Tip #7:

If you are using a public computer, always sign out and clear the cache, cookies and history from the web browser. Without doing this, you are "leaving the front door open".

Tip #8:

Make backups of your blog regularly. If your blog is hacked, your backup will allow you to quickl install a new copy. A backup is like a insurance. It will save you a lot of headache if something bad happens.

 


Tip #9:

If you are using Wordpress, make sure that you update to the newest version when it comes available. (This can also be automated). With the newest version you will also have the latest security settings.

Tip #10:

Consider using several email addresses, for security reasons. Having several email addresses allows you to split up the information and what logins are tied to which sites and accounts. This way not all of your information is lost if the program is hacked.

Tip #11:

Facebook can be a great marketing tool and many people use the platform for blog marketing purposes. Make sure that you are not a target on Facebook and say or do things that can be used against you later. By this I mean that you should always be doing and saying things on Facebook that you can stand behind 100%.

Tip #12:

Install a good virus protection program on your computer. Avoid using any free versions, you need to invest a little bit of money in this case. A good virus protection software detects and alerts if it detects a virus, a hacking attempt or identity theft. There are many good programs available on the market like Symantec and ESET Nod32 (review).

Tip #13:

When marketing your blog, always choose reliable services. There are many great sources where you can advertise your blog, like for instance Udimi and Traffic4Me. If you are using free marketing methods, then concentrate on a few reliable ones that you know. This strategy makes you less vulnerable to a possible attack. 

Tip #14:

Avoid installing third-party apps on your blog, like counters for instance. This will also limit who has access to your blog. Counters and different bells & whistles may be fun to have on your blog but they could also create a very easy backdoor for a hacker.

 

Tip #15:

Look at the code if you have doubts. Even if you are not an expert coder, you might find some odd text in the code that does not fit. For instance, if you find text like "make free money today" in the code, then you can be quite sure that something is wrong. 

Tip #16:

Always look at the preview before you are saving anything to your blog. This is a simple way to see if you added something by mistake that is not right. It can be a picture, a widget, a template or something else.

Conclusion:

As bloggers / webmasters, our job is to provide useful and helpful content to our readers. It is very important to make sure that our livelihood is secure and protected. 

Many people have their computers infected by viruses, scams and hackers on a daily basis. Hopefully these 16 simple online security tips can help to keep your computer and your work safe.

 

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