Last Month David Airey was victim of a hacker (Cracker) that managed to transfer his domain name, Davidairey.com. Within a couple of weeks with some help from the blogsphere, David managed to transfer his name back. David story is a timely reminder that your website/blog isn’t bullet proof from attack.
A week after this happened, one of my mates had £500 ($1000) taken from his PayPal account which was caused by his eBay account being hacked into. Fortunately PayPal refunded this money, well done PayPal! This certainly made me think again about web security.
You can read more about David’s story below:-
How can you protect your blog?
1. Backup your blog posts - Your blog has two parts, the files stored on the web server and the data stored in the blog database.
2. Use strong passwords - Always throw a mixture of numbers and none-numeric characters in your passwords.
3. Change your passwords - As well as having strong passwords, make sure you rotate or change the most important ones at least four times a year. Even if its just to increment a number within the password.
4. Use Feedburner - This really saved David’s bacon because the majority of his readers (3,000 of them) where subscribed via his Feedburner address rather that directly from his blog. I’ve wrote about this subject before…
5. Avoid Free Email Accounts - Whenever possible use a private email address for important account registration details such as domain, website hosting etc. Alternatively have a free email account that is only used for account registrations.
6. Install the latest version - Whatever your blog platform maybe (WordPress, Durpal etc), make sure you try to keep up-to-date with the latest version. Yes this can be some what of a pain, but whenever working on your blog, try and fit an update.