Practice these good daily habits to keep your podcast safe and secure from thieves, attacks, and losses! Know what to do before it is too late.
1. Backup important items
It’s hard when you lose all the items you worked hard for. Podcast recordings, show notes, images, schedules, accounts — you can lose them in one go. And you can never tell when that could happen.
The process of retrieving could be long and more challenging than you expected. In the end, it could require you to do or gather all those things over again.
How can you prepare yourself in advance? One good daily habit is to maintain a backup of your podcast:
- Edited episodes
- Contacts list
- Pertinent files
- Other important items
Every day that you work on your podcast, you have the choice to be mindful enough to secure them.
For your website, especially for those using WordPress for their podcasts, you can install a plugin that can automatically do the work for you. Popular options are UpdraftPlus and BackupBuddy.
You can also leverage cloud storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox for your files and folders. Having an external storage is also a smart choice.
2. Clean your website
Outdated software often leaves holes in your system. They make your podcast an easy prey for hackers and malware.
What you can do is check your website back office for any outdated themes and plugins. Do your podcast a favor and get rid of them.
They do not just make your website vulnerable but they also have the capacity to create other site issues in the future. One rule of the thumb is to keep only items that are compatible with your current system.
Also, keep an eye on spam comments and delete them. They drown real feedback from your listeners and hide potential leads.
3. Use a passwords manager
Have a go-to place for all your account passwords, be they for your podcast website, social media account, or financials online.
Nowadays, there are passwords managers that you can download and install on your browser. They keep all your accounts safe and secure.
LastPass, in particular, allows you to share passwords, keep notes, create a strong password, and enable a 2-factor authentication.
Should you want to visit and log in to a website, simply type in your credentials on LastPass first and on that website you will find the login credentials already filled in for you.
Sharing has also been made secure by giving you the option to hide or reveal a password to the person you want to share it with. You would just need to click on a share button and type in the email address of your recipient. It’s that easy!
It is convenience and security in one place.
4. Remember to log out
What do you think would happen if somebody gets hold of one of the accounts you use for podcasting and makes some adjustments without your permission?
The hacker spotlight. They can be anywhere, anyone, and appear anytime. And whether that person intended to do so or not, it puts your podcast at risk.
Another one of the good daily habits to keep your podcast safe and secure is to remember to log out of your accounts before shutting down your computer or doing something else.
As much as possible, do not leave your accounts unattended. Keep your files and other items safe and secure from the prying eyes and curious minds of whoever it could be.
5. Be vigilant
In their report, SophosLabs predicted the domination of ransomware. That means anytime you could get in contact with an infected software that will disable you from using all your items on your computer. And you can only get it back after paying a specific amount demanded by the cybercriminal.
Here is an example demo of what an attack looks like…
Examples of ransomware already available in 2017:
Before it is too late, practice these good daily habits to keep your podcast safe and secure. First, be aware that threats can be just around the corner. Understand that malware can take various forms and they can exist in websites, banner ads, and software.
Also, as mentioned in the second tip above, keep your website clean. And keep an eye on necessary updates. Be mindful of the items you download and install on your system.
6. Clean your web browser and computer
This goes in connection with good habit number 4 above. You can never be more careful than leaving no trace for other people to visit the websites or accounts you have for your podcast.
The thing is you could be in a hurry sometimes that you forget to log out. So when others get their hands on your computer or device, they can explore your browsing history, click on your website, and access it without a sweat.
Two things you can do before completely leaving your podcast accounts:
- Clear your browsing data, making sure that you include “Passwords” and “Autofill form data”
- Clean your computer with a reliable software like CCleaner by Piriform
You do not have to worry about losing your passwords forever. What these two things do is simply clean (and optimize) your devices, leaving no trails for anyone who wishes to use your work devices or computer.
7. Establish a culture of trust and respect
Perhaps one of the things that are often overlooked is the quality of relationship created between a podcaster and the people he gets in touch with.
As you advance in your show, you’ll get to meet lots of different kinds of individuals and perhaps even get to work with podcast professionals or production companies.
When sharing confidential information, you can agree on specific terms. And grant access to your podcast files and accounts only to reliable and concerned individuals.
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