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Tips for Securing Your Blog

The bulk of the questions we get surrounding blogging is in regard to security. The nature of a blog makes it attractive to spammers and the devious. Following is a guide to some simple measures you can take to ensure that your blog remains protected.

NEVER DISCLOSE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

Keep a separate email account for blogging purposes. Never give email addresses that you use as your login credentials to anyone.

USE UNIQUE STRONG PASSWORDS

Most hackers would first try to guess your password and try to login into your account. 
You need to be clever and use a very strong password. We cover this in more detail in our article on keeping your passwords secure. You can also use our hints for creating strong passwords for ideas.

USE 2-STEP VERIFICATION

Enable 2-step verification if it is available in your account. Using 2-step verification makes it a lot harder for any person to break into your account as it adds a strong layer of protection.

LIMIT ADMIN ACCESS

Provide admin rights only if it’s really necessary and even then only to trusted people. Giving admin rights to just anyone is very dangerous. Make sure that employees and people completing work on your behalf never have the ability to remove your administration access.

SIGN OUT OF YOUR ACCOUNT

This is a common tip but can prove very dangerous if ignored. Always remember that you have to sign out, especially when using public computers.

VULNERABILITIES ON YOUR COMPUTER

Make sure the computers you use are free of spyware, malware, and virus infections. No amount of security on your web server will make a difference if there is a key logger on your computer. A regular virus check will go a long way.

Always keep your operating system and the software on it, especially your web browser, up to date to protect you from security vulnerabilities.

SHARED WEB SERVERS

If you’re on a shared server (one that hosts other websites besides your own) and a website on the same server is compromised, your website can potentially be compromised too. Whilst some servers are set up to allow each website to operate in its own secluded environment, not all are, particularly in the case of free hosting services. If you are using our hosting services, your blog is contained in a separate and secure account.

2018-05-19T22:59:32+00:00January 12th, 2015|Blogs, Security|

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