Within the last half a year, people all around the world have faced approximately 10 major cyberattacks that affected the work of major corporations and businesses and governments and social institutions.
If you’re an “average user” and you think that the information and data your computer contains is not of interest to hackers, think again. The “WannaCry” cyberattack affected 230,000 computers in 150 countries, many of which were computers of average users.
Students are particularly vulnerable, as they are some of the most avid internet users. Many students start blogging as a way to earn some extra money and attract attention to certain issues. But when the world is threatened by serious cyberattacks, how can student bloggers protect their blogs? Here are some tips.
Connect to Encrypted Wi-Fi Only
You should follow this rule religiously at all times, not just when you’re writing for your blog or studying. It’s possible to stay safe on public Wi-Fi networks if you follow some simple rules:
- Switch off “Sharing” option: your computer settings allow you to share files and other data, but it’s only safe to do when you’re on your secure home network.
- Use HTTPS: simple HTTP exchange allows you to reach any website. But a skilled hacker can easily access your connection and get access to data, including your passwords. So, when possible, use HTTPS while visiting websites and enable SSL when using apps to encrypt your data.
- Avoid entering sensitive information over public wireless networks: since these networks are not secure. Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) or your smartphone’s hotspot for a more secure connection.
Secure Your Home Wi-Fi Network
A home Wi-Fi network is safer than a public network; however, there are few steps you need to take to ensure that it’s completely safe and is not accessible to anyone else:
- Change the router admin username and password: the default name and password of your router is a matter of public record, so it is necessary to change them to secure your Wi-Fi.
- Change the name of the network: make your network more personalized, and name the network with something that will not give away that it’s in your home.
- Use a VPN when necessary: this will help you mask your identity and better secure your data.
Don’t Store Passwords in Your Browser
This is one of the most common mistakes people make. Of course, it’s convenient to access all your websites and social networks without having to enter the username and password every time, but this way the security of your data is under a great threat.
Using your browser password manager is not enough, especially when you use public access websites for blogging, such as WordPress or Wix, If you run your blog on Instagram, it’s also safer to re-enter the username and password each time when you try to access it.
It’s a matter of habit, and you’ll get used to it really fast. It’s all about balancing convenience and security.
Regularly Update Your Security Software
As a student, you may not have enough finances to buy expensive security software. However, it doesn’t mean that you should browse the internet without any protection.
Luckily, there are free antivirus programs – view a list of them and other security tools here.
To better secure your data you should regularly back up all your files. This doesn’t only include copying your files to cloud storage, which also can be easily hacked; you can use a flash drive or other external hard drive to store copies of all your data.
If you follow the procedure of copying your files to an external drive regularly and your blog is hacked, you can recover the content in no time.
Cybersecurity needs to be taken more seriously by everybody as this issue becomes increasingly more important. Hopefully, these tips will help you better secure your data and feel protected while you’re running your blog!
About the Author
Nancy Spektor has sharpened her pencil at The Daily of the University of Washington. After graduation she decided to combine her business degree with her passion for written communication at a-writer.com. Nancy writes about marketing strategies, content management and various other topics that she finds intriguing. If she is not composing on her laptop or notebook, you probably can find her playing with her dog, Bok Choy.