Creating a blog from scratch is time-consuming, and if you lack a strong foundation in HTML coding and CSS, it can be frustrating, too.
Blogging platforms offer a solid alternative for bloggers who want to simply blog. Many platforms are ‘drag-and-drop.’ Your only responsibility is to organize all the pieces so they’re user-friendly and appealing to your readers. It’s no wonder they’re a hit with bloggers.
But with simplicity comes the risk of minimal protection, which makes these types of blogs appealing to fraudsters. Here are some ways they’re using blogging platforms for their own nefarious means.
Fake jQuery injections are nothing new, and prominent blogging platform WordPress was the victim of a jQuery malicious exploit dubbed MosQUito.
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How to Protect Your Blog: WordPress offers a plugin called Anti-Malware Security and Brute-Force Firewall. It runs a scan through your site removing known security threats and backdoor scripts (MosQUito). However, feel free to explore other plugins to see which ones provide the best protection.
Wix is another popular hosting platform for blogs. No coding is necessary from you, but that doesn’t stop hackers from messing with the website code.
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How to Protect Your Blog: Now when you sign up for a Wix account, you’re encouraged to sign up for private registration. Private registration claims to protect your identity as well as prevent domain-related spam and domain hijacking.
Although this doesn’t prevent all kinds of fraudulent activity, it’s a step in the right direction for Wix.
In 2016, 43 million customers were affected by a data breach on Weebly’s platform. The unauthorized party obtained email addresses, IP addresses, and encrypted passwords. Thankfully, the site doesn’t store any credit card numbers, otherwise those probably would have been snatched, too.
How to Protect Your Blog: All of the passwords stolen were stored with Bcrypt hashing. Since the passwords were encrypted, it was extremely difficult for cybercriminals to crack them. Make sure your blog uses a strong password encryption, too.
Although the breach wasn’t as devastating as it could’ve been, don’t make Weebly’s mistake. You need to implement protection.
Blog hosting platforms don’t give the user enough protection. You need to be looking for other safety solutions.
If you’re only planning on using widgets and plugins, make sure you’re updating them regularly for the best protection. Remember malicious fraudsters are lurking around every corner. Don’t fall victim.