Is Your Blog Under Attack?

Yes, it is, and it’s happening every single minute of the day.  However, don’t be alarmed as there are a few simple steps you can put in place to make sure your blog is safe.

Every day our blogs come under attack from various elements, most are invisible to the eye.  Just like protecting our families, pets, and anything else we value, we should also do all we can to protect our blogs from these threats.

Threats come in all sorts of forms, and I have listed below what I do to make sure some of these threats don’t hurt me or my blog.

Comments

We talked about comments in my last post, Is Your Blog As Friendly As You Think It Is?, and many agreed with me that we should respond and acknowledge comments.  However, what do you do if some of the comments are not friendly or do not agree with what you have to say?

I’ve blogged for over 18 months and, in that time, I have received a handful of comments that were not only very personal but were also rude.  Because I moderate all comments before they are published on my blog, I was able to stop these comments in their tracks.  They were of the nature that did not call for a reply, and I simply marked them as spam and then deleted them.  I’ve seen some rude comments and spam appear on blogs that I follow.  Not only can they be shocking in their nature but their very name can also be very offensive.  Unfortunately, Akismet, the WordPress software that blocks unwanted spam, does not always block all spam, so consider monitoring all comments first before they are published on your blog.  Follow the steps below to set this up.

  1. Open your WordPress Blog Dashboard
  2. Click on settings
  3. Click on Discussion
  4. Look for ‘Before a comment appears’ and tick the box next to ‘Comment must be manually approved.’

You’ll also notice an option to allow comments to be posted straight away from people who have previously had comments approved.  For bloggers who are dealing with hundreds of comments on a daily basis, this is a great time-saving option as you don’t need to manually approve them. However, be wary that once you tick this box, then somebody who may have left a perfectly nice comment on an earlier post could very well leave a ‘not so nice’ comment on a future post.

Sometimes I receive comments from people who may not agree with what I have to say, but providing their comments have been written in a friendly and professional way, then I will approve their comments and respond to them. Nobody should tolerate rudeness or bad manners so don’t allow any of this kind of comments onto your blog.  If you see a rude comment or one that is obviously spam on a blog that you follow then make the blog’s owner aware of the comment.

Further down the same page on your dashboard, you will also see a box entitled ‘Comment Blacklist’.  Here you can add certain words, the web address of a blog, email address or the Internet Protocol of a user who you do not want to receive further comments from.  Any comments then left from these users will automatically be marked as spam and be placed in your WordPress spam folder.

Trolls

If you are unlucky enough to find that an Internet Troll has decided to try and make your blog its new home, then just ignore it.  Whatever you do, don’t engage in any conversations with the Troll whether it be through comments on your blog or if they try and contact you through your ‘about me’ page or by any other means.  They will do all they can to get you to react to what they have to say and may even try and get some of your followers to react to any comments you may have approved or let through, but don’t give them the satisfaction of acknowledging them in any shape or form.  Consider removing all their comments and don’t allow them to upset you in any way.  They should soon get the message and move on.

Back Up

How would you feel if you wake up one morning and find that all the content on your blog had disappeared?  It’s a nightmare thought, so be kind to your blog and make sure you back up its content on a regular basis.  I recently wrote a post on how to perform a backup of the content of your WordPress blog which you can find by clicking here.

Anti Virus Software

Make sure you protect the home of your blog by ensuring you have updated anti-virus software on your computer.  If hackers can get access to well-known websites, then they may be able to get access to your computer and gain access to all your information, including that of your blog.  You may not know how to delete your blog, but hackers may well know how to, with just a few clicks of a button, once they’ve gained access.

Whatever you do, continue to enjoy your blogging experience.  Although attacks on our blogs are happening all the time, your anti-virus software and the software used by WordPress will deal with threats without you even knowing about it.

What about you, is there anything you’d like to share with us on how you protect your blog from unwanted attention and attacks?

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169 thoughts on “Is Your Blog Under Attack?

    1. I’d never heard of Wordfence before. After reading about it, it looks like it’s aimed at those who self-host their WordPress site. Is that correct? I think that having up to date anti-virus software on your computer and the other defences WordPress also supply (such as Akismet) also go a long way in helping to protect our blogs.

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    1. I have no problem if the comments are written professionally and they cause no insult but, like you, anything that comes through that is just a general attack on me or another blogger personally (or contains any swear words) then I will delete.

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    1. Hi, Colleen. When I first got my Apple Mac, I was shocked there was no signs of any anti-virus software on it. However. Apple reassured me that I didn’t need any as it’s all built in and is updated everytime you switch on the computer. They said I could install some additional anti-virus software if I wanted, but I never have. I’ve had an iMac since 2011 (I’ve updated iMacs a few times) and have never encountered any problems. So, short answer is ‘no’ you don’t need any. Hope that helps? 😀💛

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      1. Absolutely. Thank you. I used a Mac notebook back in the 90’s and loved it. I can’t wait to go back. By the way, I still need to send your copy of the HSC. I have been editing and trying to get that done for Marje. Almost there and I will pack up books and hit the post office. Whew! 😀 ❤

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  1. Excellent post, Hugh, as was your post on backing up our websites. The backup was so easy to do, and your suggestion to put it on a thumb drive is a good one. Thanks so much for posting on these topics ♥

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