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If you’re looking to create a blog—whether for commercial or personal use—it’s never been easier; there are plenty of excellent guides these days that will help you through all the nitty-gritty details. But even though these guides are guaranteed to help you out with the basics, most new bloggers don’t realize that starting a blog comes with its own set of security risks, which include everything from domain hijacking to viruses to identity theft and more. Here are some quick reminders:
Use a Reliable CMS
There are plenty of content management systems that are designed to help everyone from the novice web-designer to the advanced programmer with creating a website, but some CMSs are more legitimate than others. Rather than grabbing the first CMS you find, read through reviews, and make sure you’re choosing the best platform for the blog that you plan to create. You’ll make things a lot easier on yourself if you do! WordPress is one of the most popular ones, but you have other options as well.
Create a Strong Username and Password
The first thing you’ll need to do is come up with a username and password combination that will be difficult to hack. This means getting rid of that generic “Admin” username, as well as coming up with a password that contains uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols—all completely at random. If you’re like most people, you might find that a truly secure password is difficult to remember, but that’s what password managers is for.
Search for Available Security Plugins
If you’re using WordPress (or many other popular CMSs), you should search out what security plugins are available to protect your site. As with anti-virus software on your computer, these programs are designed to search your website for viruses and provide solutions for any strange code that is included in your themes and in other plugins. The thing is, especially if you’re using free themes and plugins, there could be a few lines of code that compromise your site by either spying on you and your blog visitors or that infect you all with malware