The importance of online security with regard to your blog cannot be overlooked. It’s essential that every business protects itself today from online threats such as theft, fraud and hackers – yet in the blogging space this is an often overlooked area, as bloggers don’t feel they are in the same league as full on e-commerce sites that have to worry about security matters.
Further to this, there’s a tendency for people to not always treat their blog as a serious business but more of a hobby which means they don’t give security aspect of their business the consideration it deserves; particularly if you are selling things from your blog or even using affiliate marketing to generate revenue.
Now, this post explains the importance of using technology to keep your business, and blog alive… as the technology in your business needs your attention, particularly with regard to keeping data secure.
Here are five suggestion to inspire you to think about how to protect your online business.
1. KEEP EVERYTHING UNDER LOCK AND KEY
Your password is the equivalent of the key to your premises, and you wouldn’t want a flimsy lock to protect your premises – so why is it that so many online entrepreneurs rely on flimsy passwords to protect their digital premises. A top tip is to make sure you don’t use the same password for each account and use a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols in order to increase the security of each password you do use.
2. USE SECURE SYSTEMS
There are a number of reputable companies online that offer enhanced security, as well as technical support; from payment processors such as Stripe to marketing providers such as ClickFunnels that will allow you to securely create landing pages for selling products via your blog or online business.
3. HAVE A BACK UP
You wouldn’t keep just one copy of your most essential documents, in the physical world, you would have a number of copies and some of these might even be kept in secure storage – as in the physical world we are more connected with the tangible value of an asset, such as an important document… yet online, and within our local systems, digital assets are vulnerable to being lost or corrupted. Therefore, it’s important to keep a back up of your most important documents.
4. HAVE SURVEILLANCE IN PLACE
Nobody likes the thought of their home or business being invaded which is the reason so many stores have security cameras in place. You need the same for your online business in the form of having adequate protection against hackers.
5. COLLECT CASH SECURELY
Just like how a high street store will use a safe, secure and well known payment processor that offers mutual security to both buyer and selling, you need a secure way of taking payment from people online. Providers such as PayPal have stood the test of time as reliable payment systems for instance and offer payment protection to both the buyer and the seller.