If you have a blog, you might be earning a reasonable passive income from it. You might even rely on that extra income. So if someone where to hack your blog, plagiarize it, or otherwise change its useful income into something that didn’t bring you any money at all – and landed you in trouble – you would be devastated. Even if you have security measures in place on your blog, they can always be improved. Here are some ways to do just that.
Change Your Login
With the majority of blogging platforms, and especially WordPress, you’ll find that your default login name is set as ‘admin’. This should be changed straight away to something completely different – something that doesn’t relate to you, your name, your address, or any other personal details. It can be a string of random letters and numbers if you prefer (and this is great for security reasons as it takes much longer to hack, and those attempting it may just move onto a site that is easier for them) as long as you can remember it.
Set Automatic Backups
Regular backups mean that your blog and its contents are relatively secure. Back the blog up to a cloud based system for even more peace of mind. It means that at a click you can restore the entire site should anything go wrong. If the backup is also corrupted, losing you hundreds or perhaps even thousands in revenue, using a specialist in digital forensics may be your only hope. They can also give expert testimony in court if your website is changed to something that is libelous, for example.
Keeping hackers away from a successful blog can be hard, which is why your security needs to be set as high as possible. Adding password protection to your admin folder can assist with this. Whenever anyone wants to log in, they will need the correct password and username, not just the user log in name. It’s an extra level of protection that doesn’t take long to set up, but is worth doing to save your site and your income should the worst happen.
Stop Copy And Paste
If someone wants to steal your web content and pass it off as their own, in most cases all they will need to do is highlight what they want, and copy it, ready to paste into their own blog template. Even the formatting will be copied, so it’s an easy way for someone to create a blog on the back of your hard work! To prevent this from happening, use programs such as Tynt (which even gives you stats on how many times your content was copied) or Copyscape to prevent this issue of copying and pasting. You can disable the ability for anyone to copy from your site, and it’s unlikely that a plagiarist will be bothered to type everything out for themselves, so your content will be kept as safe as possible.