Blogging is definitely a 21st century phenomenon. Although the roots are buried in personal journals and editorials in newspapers, blogging has given the average person a worldwide audience. This has led to the exchange of ideas at a level not seen before in the history of humanity. Especially with microblogging, everyone is documenting their daily lives. This has never before been the case – where people are taking photos of their daily lives, writing about their hopes, fears, and political beliefs – and everyone in the world can potentially read them.
Has this influenced people to become more participatory in culture as a whole? Has it influenced them to become more educated in what is going on in the world? It’s hard to tell. However it has ushered in a new culture of self congratulatorianism that can really backfire on culture as a whole.
Either way, there are way more people out there wielding ideas left and right than ever before.
Do you blog a lot? Do you use computers a lot? Then if so you should be up to date on the latest in security concerns. There are a lot more risks these days as hackers have multiplied and strengthened. It used to be that you would just download an antivirus software program and you would be just fine. However these days there are also malware and spyware programs that you have to look out for. These programs will bypass antivirus software due to the fact that they masquerade as “legit” programs – the antivirus software thinks that you want them because they manage to either install themselves or secretly install with other software programs.
Anti-malware software is basically the same as antivirus software, but it will get rid of the adware, malware, and spyware that has crept its way onto your computer.
You can also get malware software for your websites and blogs. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had my site hacked and malware put on my blog. Then Google blocks it and I lose all my traffic 🙁 It’s very sad.
So I strongly encourage you to stay educated and informed about the latest in security risks. There are a few blogs out there that I highly recommend, such as CNet Security and the We Hate Malware security blog. Also, following these sites on Facebook will enable you to get updates on the latest in terms of all the threats that are out there.
If you want to start a WordPress Blog I highly recommend using iThemes Security. This is a plugin that will make it very easy to secure your blog against most hacking attempts. It’s very easy to use and they have a basic option for you to click that enables all standard security features. If you’re an advanced user you can drill down and go deeper into each different option. And there are a lot of options!
So if blogging is your thing, then I highly recommend that you stay up to date on these things so you don’t lose your precious work. From experience I can say how upsetting it is to have your site wiped out by hackers.