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Site security is more important than ever in the online world because there are so many hackers out there that can bring down a website in an instant.
A lot of bloggers don’t think that they’re going to be targeted because these people are usually going after businesses and trying to steal the credit card information of their customers or take sensitive business documents that they can use to extort money out of them.
But not all hackers are serious criminals like that, the sad truth is, a lot of them are just out to disrupt people for their own amusement, and your blog could easily be targeted by them. There is also a risk of people trying to steal your content and post it on their own blog, so you need to protect against that as well. If you haven’t really considered it before, here are some of the best ways to secure your blog.
How to Increase Site Security
There are some bloggers out there that will take your posts and publish them as their own, which is why it’s important that you protect yourself from copyright violation. If you find one of your posts on another person’s blog, you should contact them and let them know that they don’t have permission to use it and they should take it down.
If they refuse, you can contact their internet provider and let them know because they’re liable if people that are using their platform are breaching copyright violation and they should be able to take the site down for you.
Before it gets to that stage, you need to take steps to stop people from stealing your work in the first place. The easiest way to do that is to include a disclaimer at the bottom of each post outlining the usage permissions for your work.
This needs to include a copyright symbol as well (check out this article on how to type special keyboard symbols if you’re not sure how to do that). As long as you make it clear that you own the work and people can’t use it without your permission, you shouldn’t have too many issues with stolen posts.
If your blog is targeted and the site is brought down, you could lose a lot of your posts and that’s months or even years of hard work down the drain. Building your blog up again from scratch is going to be hard work, so you should always back up everything that you write on a regular basis. That way, if the site does go down, you can easily publish all of your posts again.
Most of us are pretty bad at choosing secure passwords and a lot of us use the same password for all of our accounts, but that’s never a good idea. You need a strong password that is long and has a combination of letters and numbers, and it shouldn’t be a detail that is easily linked back to you like your pet’s name or your birthday. It’s also worth changing it on a regular basis for an added layer of security.
Your blog is your livelihood and there’s always the chance that you’ll be targeted so it’s important that you follow these steps to keep it secure.
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