5 Ways to Protect Your Blog From Being Hacked

Solomon Thimothy - December 13, 2012

Nobody wants to see their hard work maligned by a hacking attempt. Keeping your blog safe from mischievous hackers is possible by thinking ahead and ensuring that your data is as secure as you can make it. Here are a few of the ways to secure your blog. 

1) Tough Passwords

This may seem obvious, but despite knowing we should, many of us fail to create secure passwords. Always maintain unique passwords for every account utilized, so if one fails it won’t impact your other important data. Find a password manager, they can help you create very strong passwords and help you keep track of them all.

2) Stay up to date

Keep all software and computers utilized to connect or run your blog up-to-date. Loopholes exist in most software, and hackers are keen to abuse them. Fortunately, developers correct these as soon as they are discovered. The best way to avoid being victimized by a discovered loophole is to never delay installing updates. Similarly, some malware can track your keystrokes and search a computer’s history to mine for access data. Use good spyware and anti-virus programs and keep them up to date. Another way to stay up to date is to utilize a monitoring program, like Google Webmaster Tools, to keep an eye on your site. These programs will regularly review your site and if they detect any malicious code or your site goes down, they will send you an email alert.

3) Back up your data

Your host will likely do regular backups, but a safer bet is to do it yourself. If your blog does get hacked, you can easily restore to a relatively recent point. Just be sure if you do that you remove all existing files. It is recommended that you make a backup every 2-4 weeks. You can utilize cloud storage or an external hard drive to store the data securely.

4) Secure your information

It is possible for web crawlers to dig through your index files, which can then make them a part of the public domain, so never put sensitive information on your web server. Further, make sure you lock down file indexes so only the essential display files are accessible. Another weak point is input fields. Always ensure that data entered into these is validated before it can be submitted, ensuring that they are the proper size and type of information.

5) Select your host carefully

Not all hosts are created equal. Ensure that the web host you utilize has strong security for their servers, and keeps them maintained and running. It is simple enough to review customer ratings, and you may also want to look for a company that has an established track record. If they have poor security protocols, your blog is at risk.

Bottom Line

Hackers do not abide by any real rule of order and often strike at randomly selected targets. There is no warning before a hacker makes an attempt at bringing down your blog. Prevention is the only way to secure your blog. Taking the time to understand the weaknesses and shoring them up with a few easy steps can save you a lot of heartache and effort later.

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