When you’re a blogger, it’s easy to get distracted by the latest in digital marketing and forget about your security. So let’s talk about ways that you can keep your blog safe so that you can write new content without worrying about hackers stealing it or making changes without asking for permission first.
Keep your software up to date.
- Keep your software up to date.
- Don’t click on links in emails or text messages.
- Don’t download free software from untrusted sources.
- Don’t open attachments from unknown senders, even if they look like legitimate file formats like pdf or images.
Have strong passwords and keep them safe.
- Use a password manager like Google password manager.
- Use a password generator to create passwords that are hard to guess.
- Don’t use personal information, like the name of your dog or parents’ birthdays, as passwords.
- Make sure you don’t reuse the same password on multiple sites—especially when those sites are connected through social media or email accounts!
Stay secure on public networks.
You should also be aware of the dangers of public networks. When you’re on a public network, other people can see your IP address and know what computer or device you’re using unless you have their own private VPN. If a hacker uses this information to access your computer, they will have access to everything stored on it—including sensitive data like credit card numbers.
To stay safe when using public networks
- Use only those services that allow encryption over their servers. This ensures that all data sent over the internet is encrypted before being transferred from one server to another—making it much harder for hackers to intercept or read through any information in transit.
Use an SSL certificate to lock down your site.
An SSL certificate is a digital certificate that’s issued by a trusted third party. It’s used to verify the authenticity of websites and make sure that your information isn’t passed on to anyone else.
You can get an SSL certificate from. Once installed on your site, it will automatically encrypt any data passing between itself and its visitors—meaning they won’t be able to read what they’re seeing unless they have both their password and the private key associated with their identity.
Be vigilant about bots and malicious comments.
Bots are automated programs that run on the internet. They can be used for good or bad purposes, but one thing they’re definitely not is ethical. Bots can be used to attack your site, create spam comments and likes, and even create fake accounts to impersonate you as a human being.
One way to avoid bots is by using Google’s Google Search Central for checking for suspicious activity in your blog’s search engine rankings—and if there’s something fishy going on there, it might mean someone else has been hacking into your account.
It’s important to keep your blog safe so that you can keep writing.
You want to keep your blog safe so that you can keep writing and your readers can keep coming back for new content.
It’s important to remember that hackers are always looking for ways to get into your site, which is why it’s so important to lock down the security of your blog.
WordPress is popular and therefore a huge target.
Using WordPress’s default administrator username, “admin” is bad for security.
WordPress is a popular blogging platform, but it’s not inherently insecure. It’s just that hackers are aware of the platform and use that knowledge to their advantage when targeting sites with WordPress-powered blogs.
If you’re using a popular blogging platform like WordPress and haven’t taken steps to protect yourself from hacks, don’t worry—you can restore your blog from an automated backup in some cases!
Use an email address exclusive to your blog when you sign up for accounts.
- Create an email address exclusive to your blog. The best way to do this is by using a free service like Gmail or Yahoo Mail, but if you don’t want to pay for an account, there are other options. You should not use your personal email address on any accounts related to your blog. This is especially important if someone else has access via social media sites like Facebook or Twitter so that they can see who visits those pages as well as what’s posted there.
Don’t use the same password for everything.
You should use a different password for each account you have. This is especially true if you use the same login information for multiple accounts, like banking and social media accounts.
A good rule of thumb is to use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols in your password. You should also avoid using personal information as part of your username or email address.
Update your plugins regularly!
WordPress Plugins are a big source of security vulnerabilities. If you don’t update your plugins regularly, it’s possible that someone could exploit a vulnerability in one of them to gain access to your site.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to keep yourself up-to-date on what’s new: WordPress automatically checks for updates when you log into the admin dashboard every once in a while. But if this isn’t enough for you—or if it seems like some plugins aren’t updating as often, navigate through each plugin individually until you find one that has been updated recently; then click “Update Now.”
Set up automated backups of your blog.
A backup is important for a few reasons:
- It’s the only way to make sure that your website will be up and running if something happens to it. If you don’t have a backup, then you won’t be able to recover from an incident like losing all of the data on your server or having someone hack into it.
- Backups can help protect against unexpected outages due to natural disasters such as floods or fires. In addition, backups also protect against hacking attempts by keeping copies of sensitive information safe from intruders who may try accessing them.
If you’re not already doing this, set up automated backups of your blog to ensure that if you do get hacked, your content will be safe.
You can back up your site using Dropbox or Google Drive as well as an online service like Crashplan or Backblaze.
Make sure there are measures in place to protect your blog dashboard.
When you log in to your blog dashboard, make sure there are measures in place to prevent brute force attacks by limiting login attempts. You can also block IP addresses.
- Use a strong password: No matter how many times anyone tries it, they’ll never be able to crack your password if it’s something memorable like “Password1.”
- Use a password manager: This will automatically generate strong passwords for you and save them securely so that other people cannot see them or copy them off of the website where they reside.
- Use two-factor authentication: This adds an extra layer of security by requiring users who want to access their account through their mobile device devices as well as their computers/laptops with passwords before granting permission. Make sure all devices are clean of viruses before logging into any sites or services.
Make sure your computer has adequate virus protection.
Before you log into your blog dashboard, make sure your computer has adequate virus protection. Your antivirus program should be updated and running the latest version of the program. You may also want to consider using a firewall on your computer if it is not already installed.
We’ve covered a lot of ground here. It’s not always glamorous or exciting, but being secure is an important part of being a successful blogger and building an audience. Next time you log in to WordPress, make sure to check out our article on the five steps you should take to start securing your blog.