Hygiene
in The Digital Public Square

You’re less incognito than you think.

Malicious apps, theft, spam, cyber stalking, censorship, surveillance.
There are no foolproof answers to risk online.
But there is advice to help.

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My Website

My Website

It’s very easy to get a website up and running these days, but it’s pretty tough to keep it secure and stable against a continually evolving and maturing array of cyber attacks. In order to protect your website, you will need to consider its technical set-up, the software you are using to create the site and its content, as well as the various types of plugins and extensions enabled for extra features on that site. Most importantly, you need to have a contingency plan, by asking yourself what happens in case of an emergency. This includes:

  • creating regular backups of your files and database, in case your online content gets lost due to a technical problem or an attack;
  • knowing your hosting provider’s terms of service and their readiness to protect you during an attack;
  • knowing your Domain name service (DNS) provider’s security options and terms of service;
  • implementing mitigation solutions in advance of a crisis.

In most cases, for non-technical users it is advised to create a site/profile on an existing platform catering especially for this, like WordPress, Medium and Livejournal to name a few of the bigger providers. They look after all the back end details, leaving you to create and manage content on the site. You can also choose to host your blog at one of the non-profit groups including NoBlogs or someone from this list.


Now What?