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A small business blog can be an important communication tool and marketing platform, which is why protecting it from hackers is crucial. Hackers are constantly shifting their attack targets, and a growing number consider company blogs an easy way to enter and exploit small business networks.
Because blogs rely on a variety of software modules, themes, and plug-ins, they could offer a variety of access points for hackers intent on gaining access to a company’s servers. In response, a number of security best practices and plug-ins have been developed to help counter the growing threats that hackers and online criminals can pose to business blogs.
One of the most common security threats is the installation of malicious software that automatically installs itself on the computers of visitors to the blog. Once downloaded, the software attempts to harvest personal information or to relay spam through the infected computers.
Malicious software installed on the blogging platform can attempt to conduct similar exploits on a network, or alternatively to PCs that connect to the network.
As with many security vulnerabilities, the best advice for protecting a company blog involves updating the blogging platform and backing up content:
These measures and paying attention to your blog’s traffic patterns will be helpful in identifying unusual activity and reducing the risk of a blog being victimized by hackers or online criminals.