Written on April 7th, 2005 at 09:04 am by Darren Rowse

Blogging Fears - Getting Hacked

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What is your Worst Blogging Fear?

This might make me sound a little paranoid - but occasionally I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat thinking about the things that could go wrong with my little blogging business. In many ways what we do can be pretty fragile and at the whim and mercy of outside forces.

Over the next few days I’m going to write about some of my blogging fears and what I do to try and protect myself from them. I invite you to share your blogging fears and tips in comments.

Getting Hacked - what if someone took over your blog - changed the password, changed content or even worse, deleted it all. This is something I’ve thought about a lot over the past year. I know of one or two cases where its happened and been pretty devastating for the blogger’s in question. All that hard work, those many many hours of writing, editing, designing - gone in a single foul action of someone with too much time on their hands.

One of a Professional Blogger’s biggest assets is their archives. Overtime these grow and become more and more valuable to them. Each post you have is a potential doorway to your blog from a Search Engine so its worth protecting.

Advice: Its important that you host your blog with a reputable hosting service that gives you some protection against those who might want to get up to mischief on your blog. Make sure your blogs are password protected with a password that no one will guess.

Back it up - I back my blogs up onto my computer - do you? If you don’t you could be putting your whole business at jeopardy. Make a backup of your blog’s content regularly so that if the worst case scenario happens and someone does delete it (or if all is lost for some other reason) you’ll have the capability of getting things back up and running as they once were.

Most businesses I know have security for their assets, alarms, precautionary measures - even insurance - how are you protecting your blog from the malicious actions of others?

I’m interested in hearing your blogging fears and advice in comments below.

3 Responses to “Blogging Fears - Getting Hacked”

  • any tips on how to properly back up a mySQL database in phpmy admin?

    reason i ask is that I use wordpress and for the life of me have no idea how to properly back up my mysql database. I am sure there are many other wordpress bloggers out there with the same question

    hmmm i just found the answer:

    http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/backup/

  • Also make sure, that you use all the patches/updates that your blog´s vendor provide. I use Expressionengine and they have an update-autodiscovery implemented and I also subscibed to their security RSS feed.
    In addition to “use a reputable host” I´d say: Get a decent blog-software, that is maintained by dedicated people, who know their job.

  • If you can control it, turn off PHP errors - they give away info like your username on your host.

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