I'm excited to share this series with you, called "101 Blogging Tips". In the series there will be 101 blogging tips that you can begin applying to your blog today! Don't wait, get started now!
Tip #83: Keeping Your Blog Secure
Today I read an article over at Social Media Examiner (SME) on 5 steps to securing your WordPress blogs. And I thought I would help expand that to Blogger and TypePad users as well.
Here are the 5 Steps SME recommends for WordPress:
- Delete the Admin user.
- Use strong passwords.
- Update/get the latest version of WordPress when needed.
- Back up your blog.
- Limit login attempts.
So, what does this mean? For WP go over to SME's article and take a peak at the snapshots and WordPress plugins they are suggesting you use.
For Blogger and TypePad users....Let's Review
- Delete the Admin user. In Blogger and TypePad, there is no "Admin" user, however you do have the ability to change your login email/username and you should do that periodically to keep your blog more secure.
- Use strong passwords. This is obvious for all blogs, applications, computers, whatever you are using, you should change your password periodically.
- Update/get the latest version of WordPress when needed. At times Blogger and TypePad come out with new Beta versions and some selected uses can upgrade prior to the date when all blogs will be updated. So you do not have to, but with these platforms you will always pretty much be "forced" to be up to date at some point!
- Back up your blog. You can do this quickly and easily in Blogger and TypePad and you should do this at least once a month. In addition to backing up your posts, you may also want to save your design.
- In Blogger, go to Template and then in the upper, right, click Backup/Restore and Download Full Template to your computer.
- In TypePad, there really is not a shortcut way to do this. You can go to Design and then CSS and copy and save any custom CSS coding you may have, and also go to File Manager to save any artwork (but in order to have uploaded it, you already have it on your computer).
- So be sure you back up your computer regularly as well. I use Carbonite!
- Limit login attempts. This is not something you can do in Blogger or TypePad, and can't be done in WordPress either w/o installing a plugin. However, Google (for those Blogger bloggers) does notify you of people trying to access your site to help improve, increase security.
Happy Blogging! Happy 4th of July!