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Keeping Your Blog Safe

Running your own online business is a dream come true for so many of us. We're able to let loose on our blogs on every topic under the sun. Creative people have a platform to sell their goods and experts share everything from fashion, beauty, DIY to technology – the internet can be a truly great space.
But it can also be a dangerous space, particularly if you’re someone who sells physical goods and trades or buys online. The very place that should be safe and allow us to make a living is often the place that is targeted by hackers, looking for an easy way in. Very often what these hackers are after is your data, either to hold for ransom or to target your customer base.
It’s immensely frustrating, not to mention worrying when you realize that you are in such a vulnerable position and you may have inadvertently made your customers susceptible to these online criminals.
How do you prevent this from happening in the first place?


It seems obvious but getting your site security functioning at the highest level will go a long way towards protecting you and your website. Even bloggers or those who don’t have physical goods or services to sell should make sure their site is not vulnerable to attack. Thankfully most hosted platforms come already secured and regularly issue updates to patch any holes or weak spots. Automatically updating your own software to prevent viruses from entering your website is critical.
Whether you’re a big business or a solo outfit, have an emergency contingency plan in place. Your relevant data, documents, and passwords should be safely stored away on outside storage such as Cloud or even on a spare hard drive, preferably both, so you can get back up and running as soon as possible.
There are other measures you can take to help beat a cyber-attack, and if you have a checkout page on your site, you’ll be able to put in place ways of Knowing Your Customer’s (KYC) identity to make sure they are who they say they are. Shop around for identity solutions that allow online KYC compliance.

In an emergency

If you do think you’ve been attacked, take action right away and close down all your computers and networks before any more damage can be done. You will need to tell your clients and readers what’s going on, so with your back-up plan in place you’ll be able to hop online from another site and let them know. You’ll need to have your hard drive cleaned up by a professional and be sure to let them know how you think the virus might have come in.
Keep a cool head, have a great plan in place and should the worst happen you’ll be able to ride the storm out with minimal loss to your site!

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