Your blog is under threat, whether you realise it or not. Unfortunately, many people take the security of their blog and its content for granted. That’s a mistake that you need to avoid, however. People often steal content from blogs, post it on their own websites and then claim that it’s theirs. You need to be on the lookout for that kind of behaviour, and that’s not the only threat to be aware of either.
To combat all the threats out there, there are some steps that you can take right now. There is no time to waste, so don’t hang around or put it off any longer. Read on to learn more about some of the things that you should do to protect your blog and the content you publish on it.
Make it Clear That People Don’t Have Permission to Take And Republish Content
First of all, you need to make it clear to anyone visiting your blog and reading your content that your work cannot be reproduced elsewhere. Put a clear disclaimer on your website telling people that your words can’t be taken and reproduced elsewhere unless you have given explicit consent for that to happen. This should help to put off some people from stealing your work. Of course, some people will go ahead and ignore the message anyway. But it’s best to put it out there and make your position as clear as it possibly can be. It clears up any potential confusion.
Search for Your Content
Many people get worried that their content will get stolen without them even realising that it has happened. But there is an easy way around that kind of concern. You just need to make sure that you search for your content regularly. You could copy and paste a paragraph into a search engine and see if any direct matches pop up. If they do, and the website where they’re published is not your blog, you will know that someone is stealing your work without your permission. That’s when you have to do something.
Learn How to Get Stolen Content Taken Down
If you find that someone has stolen content from your blog, you will have to take immediate action. A DMCA takedown service should be able to provide you with the assistance required. If you can prove that the content was yours and on your website first, the legal process leading to the takedown should be relatively simple. It’s still important to make sure you get the right help and do things properly. Start by asking the person who published your content to take it down. If they ignore you or simply refuse to do so, that’s when you have to take things further.
Use Strong Passwords and Usernames on Your Blog
Strong passwords and usernames are vital when you run a blog. That might seem like something that’s pretty obvious. But many people neglect this side of things because they take passwords for granted. They think that as long as you have a password, it doesn’t matter too much what it is. But that’s simply not true. Strong passwords are long, and they include upper and lower case letters, special characters and numbers too. You should make your username as unique as possible too.
Be Careful When Using Public Networks
Public networks are a little more risky than the network you use at home. Your own personal network that you use at home can be secured by a password, and only you will be able to use it. In other words, you will have complete control over it. But that’s simply not the case when you use public networks. These networks can be used by anyone at all. It doesn’t matter who they are or what they want to do, they can access them. So, if you use your blog on public networks, it could be at greater risk. That’s why you need to be careful and only use them when it’s necessary.
Use Security Software
You’re going to need good security software if you want your blog to remain as strong and secure as it possibly can be. This software is, of course, installed on your computer. Therefore, you might be wondering why it has any impact on your blog. But your blog is always linked to your computer. You use your computer to interact with your blog and upload new content to it. So, if your computer is infested with viruses, it won’t be long before your blog starts to have problems too. Many bloggers don’t realise this, but it happens, so be careful.
Install Security Add-Ons
There are lots of little add-ons that you can put on your blog if you want to. These relate to all kinds of different things and serve many different functions. The ones that you need to pay most attention to are the ones that relate to security. These security plugins can do many different things. For example, WordFence can block leaks and has a firewall. On top of that, it can make your blog faster. And you can prevent automated cyber attacks on your blog by using Brute Force Login Protection. It will block the IP address of any hacker who tries to hack your site.
Use an Up to Date Blogging Platform
The blogging platform you use to publish your work needs to be as up to date as it possibly can be. If it’s not, then it will be more vulnerable and less secure. Newer platforms with the latest updates tend to be more secure because developers are always looking to improve them. They take the latest threats and security risks into account when coming up with new software. So, if you haven’t updated the platform you’re using for a long time, this is something that you really need to do as soon as possible. It will make your blog much more secure.
Now that you know all about protecting your blog, start putting the advice above into action.