The modern era often addressed the era of the internet. The internet has reached every corner of the world and the number of people online are increasing day by day. The internet has definitely become one of the best platforms to share content and opinions in front of the world. This is the reason why I started blogging.
People all over the globe have finally accepted, Blogging as one of the preferred career options. Making blogs and websites are no longer difficult and time-consuming task. The tools like WordPress.org can help you to create your blog within an hour. YouTube is full of the videos related to WordPress and its installation.
Making a website is relatively easy today but with the growth of the internet, the cyber crimes have grown much fold. For example Ransomware. Hacking has become a problem for many bloggers. Each day tons of website is hacked and Data is compromised.
It gets so frustrating when your website gets hacked because of your carelessness. It’s impossible to make a blog absolutely safe from hacking but at least we can avoid it from hackers by putting some efforts.
- It takes ages for a blog to become a brand.
- Would you let your hard work go away?
The answer is quite simple which is a big no. So here are few methods of keeping your brand name safe from hackers:
How to save your website from hacking.
1. Buy an SSL certificate.
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a server and a browser. It ensures that data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral. It’s used by millions of websites to protect the customer’s sensitive information.
Installing an SSL certificate would encrypt all your information and the risk of cyber attacks would reduce.
2. Buying a domain from a reputed registrar.
The domain name is the name of your brand. There are thousands of domain registrars available online but what matters is the reputation.
Cheap things may cost you later. We wise in choosing a registrar, go for Namecheap or Godaddy.
How to check own number.
3. Turn on domain notifications.
The domain registrar also gives the notifications about your domains, make sure to tick it. These notifications are just like the notification or Facebook and Twitter which we receive when we make any changes in it.
If someone tries to forcefully break into your account. It will give you an alert notification and will give you an option to report to the registrar for suspicious activities.
4. Keep WHOIS information confidential.
Whenever you buy a new domain, there is an option under privacy which hide your personal information. WHOIS is a service that provides basic information about a registered domain, such as domain owner contact information, domain availability status and the company with which the domain is registered.
Always make sure that you check that option while buying a domain. It will cost you few extra bucks and will save your website from hacking.
5. Never use an email address as username.
This is a thing which we mostly do. In order to avoid confusion later, we choose a username which is similar to our email.
For example, If your email is forexmaple@gmail[dot]com and our username would be for example.
It avoids confusion but it makes your website an easy prey for hackers. It is quite easy to guess the username from the email address. So avoid using the same username and email address, in order to save your website from hacking.
6. Keep updating your data.
In order to avoid the loss due to hacking, keep updating your data at least quarterly. The data include the Whois information and passwords.
Once a hacker gets your WHOIS data, they will set up baits and will trick you into sending spam emails and links. You would have noticed in Gmail that some emails automatically go into the spam folder, that’s because they are sent to you for an unethical purpose. This type of activities is known as phishing.
It’s better to create a password by combining different special characters, uppercase and lowercase and numerical digits. A complex password is difficult to guess. Moreover, apart from the strength of your password, it is also advisable to change it after some time.
7. Avoid accessing domain account through emails.
The hackers can literally do anything. They can replicate anything including emails. There would be no difference between the email sent by a reputed registrar and a phisher. The person associated with the activity of phishing is called phisher.
When you click on the link and enter the username to reach your domain dashboard, instead of redirecting it to your domain dashboard. Your credentials are at risk.
In order to avoid these avoid opening your accounts related to the domain and hosting the emails.
8. Keep your domain and hosting separately.
It is always advisable to keep the domain and hosting different. Don’t go for ease of access, having the domain and hosting from the same provider would provide ease of access to the accounts but it is not correct if seen safety wise.
For example. If you are using Godaddy or Namecheap as your domain registrar then opt for Bluehost or Hostgator for hosting.
These little things won’t matter at starting but would make an impact later on. The changes of cyber attacks keep increasing as your blog start getting popular.
9. Lock your domain or Registrar lock.
The registrar can set up a registrar lock on an active domain name. This is done to avoid unwanted or unauthorized changes to the domain name.
To avoid domain name stealing and changes, ask your registrar to put the domain name under registrar lock. It will seal your registration info and DNS configuration. After locking your domain, don’t forget to check the status periodically and if you notice any changes in domain information, report to the registrar to deal with it.
10. Use plugins and save blog from hackers.
The plugins like Wordfence, All in one WordPress security and firewall, Ithemes security and bulletproof security are some of the useful WordPress plugins which can keep your blog safe from attackers as it blocks the know hackers and has various other functions too. They are the must have a plugin for a blogger. It will save your website from hacking and the brutal forces outside.
It provides you the following benefits:
- You can set up the security level just with one click.
- You will receive email alerts when it smells something suspicious.
- The files and will make sure that there is no malicious code in them.
- It will also alert you whenever any user accesses your WordPress dashboard.
- Avoid DDoS attack.
11. Keep all the scripts and Plugins updated.
It is a common saying that if you have to survive keep yourself updated. The example of Nokia brand go here well, they didn’t update their software and stuck with keypad phones. Soon they were thrown out of the competition.
Same goes for the blogger whether it is the content, information, scripts or plugins. Update everything, once updated they can serve you better. The old script become vulnerable and prone to attacks.
12. Avoid using nulled themes and faulty plugins.
Nulled themes are nothing but the themes which are modified with the intention to make some money out of it. The nulled themes are generally cracked and hacked themes which contain pop up ads. You can’t see those ads until you run some SEO and Speed test on your website.
These themes are not worth using. These themes are not protected and have openings which can be an invitation to a hacker. Along with the threat from hackers, Theme developers may take an action against you and your hosting provider will ban your account.
Instead of saving 30-40$ go for a professional theme, it has advanced security feature and can save your website from hacking.
13. Secure the login.
Make your login secure by setting up long passwords with different characters. Enable the captcha option at the login window to keep it away from the software and bots. Use the plugin like Limit Login, to limit the number of the login attempts.
Once the login attempts are exceeded the IP address of the user is blocked until you manually remove it from the block list. The ultimate control is in the hand of admin and can save your website from hacking.
14. Back up your content.
We can’t avoid cyber attacks all the times, so it’s better to have a back up which can be used after it to restore all the damages. The plugins like Updraft and Better WordPress Security can help you back up your content.
It is advisable to back up your content while updating themes, plugins, and WordPress.
There is no full proof plan to save blog from hackers but we can reduce the risk with some really easy ways to protect your blog from the attackers. There is no rocket science in this even a noob can do all this stuff without any help. Your blog is your identity on the internet, you ought to protect your identity in every way possible. All your hard work, time and efforts will go in vain.
Prevention is better than cure.