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Blog security is an issue that’s often neglected or taken for granted. This is because most bloggers do not expect anybody to break into their online home. What damage can hackers do in a blog, anyway?But when a security breach does occur, it can be a royal hassle for a blogger as it usually takes days to resolve.
When a blog’s security is compromised, all its content is at risk of getting lost. The blog can be sabotaged and hacker can steal all pertinent records like names and e-mail address. Once you have decided not to encounter such hassles, continue to read this article. Below are tools that can help protect the security of your blog.
A password is a hindrance to someone who wants to sabotage your blog. So if your password is still basic info like name, then expect the worst to happen. Those passwords are so common; trespassers would be able to figure them out without much effort. To strengthen your password, use a combination of numbers, upper case and lower case letters at least 8 characters long. Think of something unique but you can easily memorize.
If you don’t like the idea of receiving many junk mails, better not display your email address on your blog. The ones sending spam mails are looking at every webpage to get as many email address as he can so better hide it by using a code. Instead of using email@example.com, try displaying it in the form your(under-score)name/at/domain(dot-com)instead. Actual humans (versus automatic email sweepers) can discern the symbols used and come up with a valid email address. If you have hesitations to do that, you can either produce an email address intended only for your blog or learn to utilize a contact form.
A domain should be owned by a certain individual. To find out who owns a domain, a whois lookup is performed. To prevent you from publishing your personal information, make use of whois to combat fraud. The purpose of whois is to protect our personal data from being robbed and instead give them an alternative contact details. This is a big help for us because third part entity will instantly sort out all unnecessary interaction requests.
When we protect our passwords, identity and email address, we should also bear in mind that other necessary info like birthday, contact numbers and home address should not be disclosed as well. Hackers will use those information in order to give out answers in your blog’s ‘forgot your password’ field. Securing those important facts would not create interest amongst hackers. When there are occasions that requires contact number to be used for reservation, we can just send them a private message like what we do when we use yahoo messenger.
Remember to always have a backup file of your blog. That means exporting all your content and saving it to your hard drive. A blogger can never assume as to when he can perform a database backup. There are several online backup services offered by some web hosts so consider having it, more so if your blog is hosted independently.
It’s not every day that we think about the security of our blog. But we must be aware of the danger that can harm our blog so better think twice and consider the tips given!