Making Your Blog Secure

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People expect much from any given website and your blog is no different. If you want to have a blog people appreciate and trust, then you need to improve your security.

As such, here are some answers to a few questions you might have asked yourself in the past, such as what do readers expect from a blog and do you need an ssl encryption for communicating with them?

A secure server

Nobody wants to visit a website and receive a virus. If your server has its own domain, rather than a sub-domain of an existing company, than you need to ensure it is protected. There are many forms of protection available, such as firewalls and malware scanning services, with a combination of these being the most suitable. If a virus hits your server it can then spread to readers, so it’s up to you to keep them safe and not alienate your audience.

Similarly, you should try regular testing on your server. If there are any potential exploits or loopholes, its better to find them now rather than wait for someone with more malicious intentions to do so.

Encryption

While you’re not going to be taking financial data, you may still have some form of communication with your readers. This may include user names, passwords and other data they don’t want to fall into the wrong hands. As the blog owner, the burden of responsibility to provide adequate safety and protection is on you.

A blog is just like any other website, with communication between the server and the individual user, so there are ways to protect it.

Be cautious of embedded code.

While we’re on the subject of staying safe, be careful of embedding items on your website. These embedded codes often link back to an original source. As a result, this creates a link between the two websites (the creator’s and yours) which may bypass your firewall.

As a result, any infection on the source may spread to yours via the embedded script, threatening any users which use that part of your website. This is the reason sites such as WordPress often disable such features, especially when exploitable options such as JavaScript is used. Unless you have strong security, be careful in your choice of embedded, external links.

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