Today’s blog post contains my tips for avoiding getting hacked. My blog is my baby and I do everything I can to avoid getting hacked. I’m sure if you’re a blogger, your blog is also your baby. You wouldn’t want anything to happen to it. Even if you don’t own a blog, you can still apply many of these tips to your online log ins for security. Losing your blog or content can destroy your reputation as a blog, website or brand, or even ruin your online reputation.
Back-up your blog or website
I know this seems obvious but you would be surprised by just how many people admit that don’t regularly back theirs up. It is so important because if you don’t then you risk losing everything.
Use strong passwords
This can be quite obvious and sounds simplistic but it is definitely necessary. Hackers can use tech to crack simple passwords. It’s best to have something quite complicated, but that you won’t forget. Use both upper and lower case, whilst also including numbers if you can. Make sure your password isn’t anything blatantly obvious, otherwise people who know you could even try guess your passwords.
Update add-ons regularly
This mostly only applies to those who use WordPress, but try to do any updates ASAP as hackers can find cracks and get into your website via add-ons which haven’t been updated.
Scan plug-ins for infections after downloading
You can install a plug-in within seconds on your blog, therefore it only takes a few seconds for something malicious to infect your website. It’s usually best to use an anti-virus software for scanning.
HP have created The Wolf, a cautionary tale about what happens when print security goes overlooked. You can easily watch the trailer below at your own leisure.
Do you back-up your blog?
What are your tips for staying safe online?