If you want to earn money by blogging, you have to be sure that you’ll be able to keep this money. Yes, there are so many people working and earning money online, and not all of them actually face hacking or money stealing threats. However, when it comes to bloggers, the situation is quite different: unlike many other freelancers, a blogger is a public person known by many, and so, the chances to get attacked by cyber thieves aiming for their money are quite big.
That’s why if you ever plan on monetizing your blog, you have to be careful right from the start. Lucky for you, doing this is much easier than it seems: all you need to do is to follow these 8 cyber security tips.
1. Create a strong password.
We all know that password is probably one of the most important things for securing your account; however, not all of us know how a strong password should look like. Basically, a strong password is a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols. Moreover, while it could be related to you and your life, it still shouldn’t be too obvious. Don’t use your pet’s name, your date of birth, and other public information known to others as your password.
I advice making your password as random as possible but easy to remember at the same time. Try shortening the words (for example, “ct” instead of “cat”, “ma” instead of “Maria”), choosing numbers that are easy for you to remember, etc. If you are afraid of forgetting your password, write it down, but avoid carrying it around with you.
2. Don’t share your account details anywhere online.
It might seem obvious, but I’m not talking here about sending your account details to strangers, and so on. Simply storing your login password data in an email draft in your inbox can lead to the sad consequences: after all, it’s possible that someone could hack your email.
Don’t store the most important passwords in your browser too – use some security password storage options instead.
3. Pay attention to internet connections.
First, consider using VPN at home: this virtual private network is the best for securing any data transferred to servers from your devices. You don’t have to use it all the time if it seems inconvenient, but you should consider using it while you work on your blog.
Moreover, avoid using unprotected Wi-Fi at any costs. Such networks often become the target of cyber thieves: they can easily access the data you send via such networks and use it for their own benefit.
4. Choose the right hosting provider.
Many bloggers start their blogs on various free online platforms and that’s completely okay. However, once a blog becomes bigger and more popular, most of such bloggers consider switching to their own websites instead. Don’t forget to choose the right hosting provider when doing so and remember: the least expensive of them are usually the most vulnerable to cyber attacks. However, that’s not always the case, so it’s better to read the reviews written by other users and to choose for yourself.
5. Invest in protection software.
Even if your hosting provider is very secure, this doesn’t mean that you are 100 percent safe. Sometimes the danger might come from your computer, affected by one of many computer viruses. That’s why it’s so important to invest into good protection software as well as in hosting provider: it could stop someone from hacking your computer and accessing your personal data.
However, not only a computer has to be protected: other devices could be hacked too. If you access your blog from a mobile phone or a tablet, don’t forget to protect them as well. Lucky for you, today it is easy to find a good protection software developed specifically for mobile devices.
6. Don’t forget to update on time.
Most of the updates are created because of two reasons: in response to the latest cyber threats and in order to solve problems that appear in the previous versions. When you update quickly, you secure yourself from the latest threats – however, the complicated thing here is that not all companies actually inform you about the updates once they appear. That’s why check all your software for updates from time to time to make sure that you don’t miss something.
7. Always backup.
No matter how prepared you are, you still shouldn’t forget that almost anything could happen to your blog. For that reason, you should keep a full backup of your blog and not forget to update it regularly. A proper backup includes many things: not only texts and pictures, but also blog settings, HTML codes, and links.
Of course, a manual backup can be a tough thing to do, especially if you aren’t experienced enough in that kind of thing. However, you can use one of those special programs to automatically backup your blog and simplify the process greatly.
8. Prepare to recover quickly.
Actually, hacking is not the worst thing that could happen to your blog. The worst thing is your blog disappearing for a long time – and while no matter how hard you try, you won’t be 100 percent safe from hacking, there’s still something you can do to minimize its consequences.
Let’s imagine that the worst had happened. Don’t let it discourage and paralyze you. After all, you still have your backup files (hopefully). Another good thing to do is to learn how you can bring your website back to life after the hackers shut it down. Remember that different CMSs have different ways of doing so and be sure to mind that.
Writing a nice, popular blog that brings you money is a long and challenging process. That’s why you have to protect it at all costs, doing everything you can to avoid hacking. Don’t neglect protection advice but at the same time don’t settle just for the ones I offer – if you are able to come up with some more, it’ll only benefit you!