Setting up a blog is an easy way to start a hobby or even a profitable business.
However, people tend to jump into it so quickly that they don’t take time to learn how to secure their blogs. In fact, many new bloggers don’t even pay attention to blog security because it doesn’t seem like a big deal at first. Not many bloggers use VPNs or backup their content. In reality, failing to establish at least some security habits can leave your blog exposed to various cybersecurity threats.
In reality, hackers look for fast-growing blogs that they can use for malicious purposes such as spreading viruses, fake links, or directly stealing data. Many inexperienced bloggers also rely on popular blogging platforms to get the security part out of the way. The truth is, even though the most successful blogging platforms such as WordPress take security very seriously, it is often not enough to keep hackers away from the blogs they like. With that said, here are five things you should keep in mind if you want to improve your blog’s security.
1. Secure the Login
Login procedures are meant to keep your blog locked away from anyone who shouldn’t be accessing it. It’s essential to create a strong password that no one will guess easily. However, it’s not only the password that plays a vital role in login security. The username is important as well. If you’re using WordPress, chances are that your login username is set as the default “admin” option.
This makes it easier for hackers to guess one part of your credentials, which takes them one step closer to discovering your password as well. Therefore, make sure to change the login username into something that no one can guess easily. Another way to secure the login process is to use security plugins for two-factor authentication.
2. Remove the WordPress Blog Version Information
Each WordPress blog had a software version number written at the bottom of the page. This number lets the users know which version of WordPress they’re on. While this doesn’t sound like too big of a deal, it does reveal a piece of information that hackers can use against you. Therefore, it is better to hide the version number before someone exploits it.
Users can remove the WordPress blog version number by deleting it from the readme.html file located in the installation directory. There is no point in keeping this piece of information publicly available so make sure to remove it as soon as possible.
3. Use a VPN
We highly recommend using virtual private networks for blogging, especially in public. A VPN hides all your information and online activities from hackers and any other third parties. This practically makes the user invisible to anyone who might have bad intentions online.
Bloggers should use a VPN every time they log into their blogs, upload content, or edit the code. It is also important to use it when accessing blogs on smartphones and tablets. Bloggers tend to write and upload content in public, which means they often use public networks. A mobile VPN is necessary to ensure blog security while using open networks that reveal your data to anyone who knows how to find it.
4. Always Keep a Backup
While this won’t prevent a cybersecurity attack, keeping a backup of your blog is a great way to make sure no content gets lost in case of a security breach. Losing content for any reason can be quite frustrating, especially for bloggers who spend hours writing their articles. Therefore, make sure to keep a backup of every blog post and store your content on a reliable and secure storage platform.
5. Block Hotlinking
Last but not least, bloggers should disable hotlinking to prevent people from stealing their server bandwidth, which causes the blog to slow down and perform poorly. Whenever someone copies a photo from your blog and uses it on their blog (which is called hotlinking), that image they take remains hosted on your server.
That means the other blogger is using a part of your server which might cause your blog to slow down. Installing a plugin that blocks hotlinking will help reduce server costs and protect your blog’s performance.
These are our tips that new (and experienced!) bloggers should always keep in mind. Hackers can easily find ways to exploit blogs and use them to their benefit, which can cause enormous consequences on the other side. Therefore, make sure to take action and protect your blog right away.