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Security is an essential part of the digital world and needs improvement every now and then, whenever, wherever possible. Either its home computers, servers, blogs or websites everything needs to be secure as much as it can be. If you are a blog owner then your blog`s security is related to the security of your blog`s readers as well. If your blog or website gets compromised then it may be redirected to anyother malicious website. If someone posts a spam comment containing any malicious link and if a novice user clicks on that thinking it will solve his problem then again its a big problem.


To solve the spam comment problem you can simply use the pre-moderation of comments option in the default commenting system or can use any third party comment system like Disqus to moderate things more effectively in the comments. It automatically reduces the spam comments to a great extent, rest whatever you get as spam can be easily moderated by you.

Blog owner including other authors post on the blog and readers reply to it via comments but apart from these two other things also need to be taken care of like the platform security on which you are blogging, if you are on Blogger then Google will take care of it but if you are on a self hosted Wordpress then you need to take care of updating it to the latest version including all other installed plugins and likewise.

Supercharge Blog Performance Security

You can also increase the blog`s or website`s security by filtering the traffic that reaches your blog using CloudFlare. Lets say if there are 1000 visitors trying to reach the blog then it will filter the spam bots and malicious users from those visitors and only genuine visitors will visit the blog. I have been using their free service for an year now and quite satisfied with it and will upgrade to the pro plan if ever there will be any requirement. You might have faced issues attimes while accessing this blog and encounetered a message screen as shown below because of a virus in your computer or network.


CloudFlare Enabled Website Blocked

If you have gone through the above step while accessing any website or blog then you can use our malware removal guide to delete all infections from your computer and if you are a blog owner then you can implement the CloudFlare technology in your blog. It is a part of Project Honey Pot and not only protects your site from hackers, spammers, XSS & SQL injections but also loads it faster even when your server is down.You can see the complete list of features on their website and can sign up for a free plan at the link below, though they have pro plans as well depending upon your requirement

http://www.cloudflare.com/

You can add multiple websites to your account. To add a website anytime, login to your account, go to the websites option and type in your domain then click on add website as shown below

Add Blog CloudFlare Network


It will scan your domain, after that click on continue setup then it will take another 2-4 seconds to scan your domain records.

Domain Setup CloudFlare Network

It will show the scanned records and you should also login to your domain`s control panel to cross check if CloudFlare has detected all the records for your domain, incase it has not scanned any record you can add it manually on this page. You can also decide on this page that if a sub-domain should be on CloudFlare`s network or not. After doing all the required settings click on continue button.

Configure CloudFlare DNS Settings


On the next page choose your initial settings like plan type, performance and security type options from low, medium or high.

Choose CloudFlare Initial Settings


After that you need to update your domain`s nameservers to the CloudFlare`s nameservers which will be shown to you on the screen and click on continue.

Change DNS Provider Nameservers


If you wish to use CloudFlare on your self hosted Wordpress blog then you can download the plugin from

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cloudflare/

You need to configure it by adding the API key from your account and then you can also use the feature of database optimizer to make your site run more faster. You can also check their resource page to download Joomla and Drupal plugin with many other options available for developers.

https://www.cloudflare.com/resources-downloads


Once your blog or site is properly configured to run on CloudFlare`s server, you can optimize and configure it furthur. Go to applications section and there are so many useful applications that helps you in preventing your site`s content, images and track misuse with an increase in the performance of your blog. Few very useful apps that I use here are A Better Browser, Pingdom, ScrapeShield and there are many more in the list including free and paid apps. You can also see the analytics and threat control options in dashboard to review the things, the image shown below is from the threat control option for this blog.

CloudFlare Threat Control Option

Using all the free features and applications provided by CloudFlare, you can increase the security of your blog that too with an increase in the performance of your blog. So, what is the disadvantage in using this? Do you know about something similar or better than this that we can share with our readers? Do let us know using the comment option below.



       
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