9 Tools and Services to Make Your Blog Safer for Everyone
As the threat of hackers and cyberattacks grow, you need to consider just how safe your blog is from basic threats such as malware and phishing attacks. Thousands of websites and blogs are attacked every single day, and there is no reason to believe that your blog is exempt from the odds.
Fortunately, there are methods and tools that you can use to protect yourself, and many of them are worth the investment if they aren’t free. In the long run, better security tools and strategies will boost your productivity. Not only that, but they will give you and any employees peace of mind.
Here are nine tools to consider using to keep you and your readers safe:
HTTPS protection is a natural and necessary security advancement for every blog. If you aren’t provided with it via your host, you need to look into getting it. It protects the user when they access your site, giving the connection encryption most other websites don’t have. This helps you fulfill your responsibility of keeping visitors to your blog safe.
Websites and blogs that don’t have HTTPS protection are more likely to have their customer or subscriber information stolen. This makes some potential readers and customers more reluctant to stay on your blog. It might seem pricey, but it will easily make up for the cost by recouping otherwise lost readers.
To get one, you need to buy a SSL certificate from a responsible provider. You also need to make sure that your website has a dedicated IP address. It might seem expensive (a few hundred dollars), but it is one of the best upgrades you can make to your blog.
2. Internet Security Suite
Your computer is linked to your blog and other online business assets. If your computer is compromised, you can be certain that at least some information regarding your blog, if not your more valuable assets, is going to be put at risk. It could even lead to the leak of customer or reader information.
Invest in a good online security suite for the sake of both your computer and your blog. Make sure that you aren’t getting just virus or malware protection. You need to cover every potential breach.
There are dozens of different options available to you, but the mainstays such as Norton, McAfee and Kapersky will all do nicely to protect your computer. You may also want to read some reviews of the different services. You can probably expect to pay around $50 a year for a single computer.
3. Virtual Private Network
If you update your blog while traveling or using public networks, you will want to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to keep your login info and communication private from hackers hoping to intercept information.
It is a service that will connect you to an offsite secure server using an encrypted connection, allowing you to stay safe on any network and bypass most government censorship and regional restrictions. To protect your business, you will likely want to invest in the service for your most mobile employees and take a look at some reviews to find the best option.
4. Your Service Provider Itself
You would be surprised at the number of people who don’t check out what privacy and security settings their web host or blog hosting service provide. They might be able to protect you in a more efficient manner than you would be able to yourself.
While you certainly should augment your website and computer with other tools and services, perhaps the answer to the specific problem you’re researching is as simple as a checkbox away. They vary from service to service, but a quick lookup can potentially save you a lot of time and money.
5. Cloud Backup Services
Sometimes your blog will be attacked without any response you can take in the moment. In such an event, the best course of action may be to pull the plug and wait until the issue moves on. You don’t want to be afraid to do that, but without a backup, you can find yourself between a rock and a hard place.
Some cloud services are safer than others, so make sure to get a well-respected one that has user-end encryption. It will be more expensive, but your data will be so much safer. You may even wish to supplement it with a physical backup solution such as a flash drive or external hard drive.
If you are looking for a premium option for your business, you will want to take a look at Tresorit. If allows you to control files after you’ve shared them, unsend documents and is protected by Swiss privacy law. The only reason you wouldn’t want use it over something like Dropbox is the high cost of the service.
Strong passwords are always important when it comes to online security. Yet managing blogs and business interests often requires several accounts and passwords. This can be troublesome without compromising your security. It is entirely possible for you to lose track of your information and leave yourself vulnerable to someone breaking into one of your accounts.
LastPass can take care of that for you by letting you only need to remember one master password while randomizing the others. In the event you need to share an account, you can do so and then revoke access later without fear of account theft.
This might be especially helpful to you when you are using several different devices to run your blog. You can simply login to your account and access your passwords via LastPass instead of leaving a potentially hazardous trail.
If you’ve heard of it before, you might think of Yesware as merely an email tracking and management tool. The real security value comes from the data you get from the service and how it can be applied.
You can know whether some emails seem to get automatic replies and derive patterns that let you determine what could be a scam. You can then analyze those patterns to tell when someone is trying to trick you in negotiations or business dealings.
For example, you can catch someone in a lie when they say they just opened their email. You could also tell when someone opens an email so quickly you can only assume it’s a bot. Information is power that you can use to protect yourself and its only limitation is your own creativity.
8. Google Safety Center
If you are looking for information on how to make yourself and your readers safer, then the Google Safety Center has a lot of information you might find useful, written by some of the best minds in the tech industry.
Even if you aren’t a fan of Google products, you should look at their recommended resources. You might learn something to help keep your employees and readers safe. You might want to check out their commonly used terms and safety booklets to start out and then fill in the gaps in your own knowledge with the other resources.
If you happen to use WordPress for your blog (and there is a strong likelihood that you do), then you might want to consider the WordFence plugin.
It is by far one of the most popular and effective security plugins available for the platform, and it has features such as website scanning and real time blocking of your website that will allow you to focus on more important issues. Some of the more advanced tracking and informational features the plugin offers do require payment, but most users will not need to bother with them.
It is also worth noting that WordFence might not always be on top. The plugin market changes quickly, and as such it might be best to double check the market before deciding on a final security plugin.
Your blog can be one of the ways you can encourage the growth of your online assets and be a great tool to expand your business. It can very well be an online asset in itself. Make sure it is safe and invest in some or all of the tools above.
Do you have any thoughts on the above tools? Do you think that there are any other tools people can use to protect their blog and marketing interests online? Please continue this conversation by leaving a comment below.