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How to Initiate Your Sports Blog

How to Initiate Your Sports Blog

Are you one of the sports enthusiasts who want to run your own sports blog? Well, if that is the case, you are reading the right blog. Along with some blog tips, we will be talking about what you need to ensure before starting a blog dedicated to sports. However, when it comes to sports, several forms and types exist. So, the first thing you might have to do is choose the sports stream you will be covering. If you typically want to cover all forms of sports, that would be challenging since you need a comprehensive team.

Speaking of which, itching for sports journalism through blogging is not an easy job. You have to make connections, develop your sources, and make the most of time. Moreover, tons of topics can be incorporated to draft articles on the blog when you initiate the project. From keeping track of players, stats, and performance of teams and clubs to discussing equipment, sharing sports strategies, and talking about different sports games can be some of the topics to administer into the blog.

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Remember, being passionate about the job is not everything. You need to provide your readers with every source and type of information. Even behind the curtain, work is appreciated in popular sports. This does attract new readers and encourage the old ones to come back again and again. So, let’s get started with the blog.

Pick Your Niche

The very first step in the blogging journey is choosing a genre for the blog. It is essential to know that the more focused your blog is, the more straightforward it will be to attract followers and readers to engage with your content. Select a knowledgeable and passionate topic and know how to add more topics to the current list.

Decide On the Name

Well, we might have forgotten about this but isn’t the name your priority? When it comes to every line of work, you need to define the name first. As a thumb rule, you need to select a domain name first that is a bit simple to spell and easy to remember. You can even opt for a proper name that is closely related to the primary topic you will cover. However, bear in mind that one can’t get the exact domain. You must know that if you decide to expand your topics in the future, your name can be too restrictive.

Choose a Platform

Several blogging platforms are out there, but one of the ideal platforms for your blogging line is WordPress. Even though you will come across various sites, WordPress comprises the following features:

  • Free to use and download
  • Power more than 30% of websites
  • Thousands of premium and free themes
  • Extend the basic functionality with premium and free plugins.

Purchase Domain and Hosting

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The following step is to buy a domain name for the blog and a suitable hosting to park the website. This is required to allow potential visitors and readers to find the blog online. Moreover, in some cases, you can buy both at the same time. And, if you have a budget for this, consider purchasing in the Black Friday sale.

Install WordPress

Once you have bought the hosting and domain package, the following step is to install WordPress. Luckily several hosting companies offer a quick one-click installation.

Install a Theme

With the blogging site installed, it is time to select a theme for the blog. Remember, a theme should replicate the emotions and niche of your work. So, do a comprehensive search before deciding on the theme. If you do not get the right theme for your blog, search it online, download it, and upload it on WordPress for integration. Once everything is done, activate the theme, and you are good to go.

Create and Publish

This has to be another essential step. It is time to create pages and publish. To begin with, it is ideal to have an About page to convey what you bring to the table to the readers and visitors. To add a new page to the menu section of the blog, go to the Add New button on the menu situated on the left side of the screen.

Publish Your First Blog


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When you have completed making pages for the blog, take this time to publish your first blog. To do this, find the button ‘posts’ and add new. You will come across the same editor you utilized for the pages. So, all one has to do is get the post ready and then publish it after tweaking the categories and feature image section.

Keep Going

Since your blog is live on the internet, keep going and publishing relevant and valuable content that your readers will enjoy. So, what are you waiting for?

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52 Hacking and Cybersecurity Statistics You Need to Know

52 Hacking and Cybersecurity Statistics You Need to Know

Cybersecurity issues are a looming threat to businesses. Recent trends suggest that malicious attacks are on the rise, with more breached data threats since COVID-19 than we’ve previously seen before.

Whilst it may seem obvious to put precautions in place to reduce the risk of cybersecurity attacks, surprisingly most companies have unprotected data within their workplace. On top of this, small businesses and individuals who have built their own websites often have little to no idea of the types of security measures that should be put in place to protect their website and their customer’s data.

In order to successfully fight against cybersecurity attacks, businesses must be aware of the latest trends in order to inject cybersecurity best practices into their everyday lives, protecting them, their staff, and their customers.

1. Coronavirus Cyberattack Statistics

  • Coronavirus has been blamed for the 238% rise in cybersecurity attacks on banks in 2020 (ZDNet)
  • 80% of businesses have seen an increase in cyberattacks following Coronavirus (RiskIQ)
  • 27% of all cybersecurity attacks are targeting banks or healthcare industries
  • The average ransomware payment has risen by 33% compared to Q4 2019
  • U.K. businesses saw a rise in attacks by 30% in Q1 2020 (Info Security)
  • In March 2020, ransomware attacks increased by 148% (E&T)
  • Cloud-based attacks have risen 600% since the end of February (RiskIQ)
  • 5% of Coronavirus-related domains have been deemed suspicious (RiskIQ)
  • Hacker website visits rose 66% in March 2020 (RiskIQ)

2. General Cybersecurity Statistics

  • Human error accounts for 22% of cybersecurity attacks (Duo)
  • 41% of customers said they wouldn’t buy from a business that was the victim of a ransomware attack (Metro)
  • 94% of cyberattacks start with an email (CSO Online)
  • 11% of online users have been a victim of data theft (Security Today)
  • 72% of data breaches target large businesses (FM Magazine)
  • 25% of cyberattacks involve phishing
  • Organized crime gangs account for 55% of attacks
  • 43% of data breaches are cloud-based web applications (Global News Wire)

3. Phishing and Email Attack Statistics

  • 94% of malware in 2019 was delivered by email (Verizon)
  • In 2018, phishing levels dropped from 1 in 2,995 emails in 2017 to 1 in 3,207 emails (Symantec)
  • 48% of malicious email attachments are Microsoft Office files (Symantec)
  • 56% of IT decision-makers say phishing attacks are their biggest security threat (CSO Online)
  • 62% of businesses in 2018 experienced phishing attacks (Cybint Solutions)
  • 32-33% of breaches included phishing (Verizon)

4. Industry Cybersecurity Statistics

  • 43% of breach victims were small businesses (Verizon)
  • 15% of breaches involved Healthcare organizations (Verizon)
  • The financial services industry incurs the highest cost from cybercrime with an average of $18.3 million per company (Accenture)

5. Privacy Statistics

  • 21% of online users have been a victim of account hacking (Security Today)
  • 61% of individuals who are active about their privacy are age 44 and under (CISCO)
  • 79% of people say they are very or somewhat concerned about how companies use their private data (Pew Research Center)
  • 12% of online users are a victim of stalking (Security Today)
  • 81% of people say they feel like they don’t have any control of the data companies collect (Pew Research Center)
  • 41% of children aged 8-17 have open public profiles (Security Today)
  • 6% of online users have reported being a victim of online scams (Security Today)
  • 72% of Americans feel that most of what they do online is being tracked (American Trends Panel)

6. Data Protection Statistics

  • Less than 40% of countries have put in place legislation to secure the protection of data and privacy (UN)
  • 59% of people say their organizations meet all GDPR requirements (CISCO)
  • 47% of organizations have updated their website cookie policies (Techbeacon)
  • 58% of European countries declared GDPR compliance as a top priority in comparison to the U.S. where just 11% selected it as number one (IAPP)
  • 35% of U.S. businesses said they wouldn’t be CCPA compliant by January 1, 2020 (eMarketer)
  • The biggest GDPR fine issued was to Google Inc. in France which was €50,000,000 (Privacy Affairs)

7. Cybersecurity Spending Statistics

  • Security services are expected to account for 50% of cybersecurity budgets in 2020 (Gartner)
  • The average cost of a data breach is $3.9 million (IBM)
  • The average cost in time of a malware attack is 50 days (Accenture)
  • By 2021 it’s estimated that damage relating to cybercrime will hit $6 trillion annually (Cybersecurity Ventures)
  • 50% of businesses with 10,000 or more employees are spending at least $1 million annually on security (CISCO)

8. Malware Statistics

  • 64% of organizations in 2018 experienced malware activity that spread from one employee to another, rising to 71% in 2019 (Mimecast)
  • 63% of organizations in the UAE have suffered from a ransomware attack (Mimecast)
  • 62% of cybersecurity professionals believe their organization’s cybersecurity team is understaffed (ISACA)
  • Since 2007, the number of malware websites has declined, however, phishing websites are on the rise (Google)
  • PayPal is one of the most commonly mimicked websites (Comparitech)
  • In China, 3% of scanned websites host malware (Google)
  • Malware variants are decreasing year-on-year (Sonic Wall)
  • Around 4,800 websites were compromised due to form jacking code each month in 2018 (Symantec)

9. WordPress Security Plugins

Whilst these statistics are quite haunting, there are steps you can take to protect your website from potential security threats.

If you’re unsure whether you need a WordPress security question, it’s worth remembering that the average website gets attacked 44 times every day. Although not all of these attacks will be successful, if one slips through the net, your business could be in serious jeopardy.

Here are some of my favorite WordPress security plugins to protect your website, your business, and your customers:

10. Wordfence


Wordfence comes equipped with an endpoint firewall and malware scanner to protect WordPress websites. Endpoint firewalls provide better protection in comparison to cloud solutions, leveraging user identity in over 85% of firewall rules. In the last 30 days alone, Wordfence has blocked almost 4 billion attacks and 180,000+ malicious IPs have been blacklisted.

11. ManageWP


ManageWP helps to automate your workflow by adding websites, passwords, etc. from one easy-to-use dashboard. You can add unlimited websites and 1-click update plugins, themes, and WP core updates. ManageWP will notify you if any of your plugins are vulnerable so you can update or deactivate them where appropriate.

12. Defender Pro


Defender Pro performs regular security scans and vulnerability reports. It protects your website from hackers, brute force attacks, and malicious bots. You can try Defender Pro for free for 7 days and take your first steps to defend your WordPress website against cybersecurity attacks.

13. iThemes Security

iThemes Security offers over 30 ways in which you can protect your WordPress website from hacks and malicious attacks. iThemes has almost 1 million active installations, helping you to fix common problems and automated attacks through WordPress.

14. Jetpack

Jetpack is a must-have WordPress security plugin. It protects your website against brute force attacks, spam, and takes backups of your entire site. As well as offering protection against attacks, Jetpack comes loaded with performance-boosting tools to help your site run at the speed of light.

15. Change wp-admin login

The default login URL is /wp-admin which can easily be intercepted by hackers. Change wp-admin login changes the URL used to login to your WordPress website without altering or renaming files in the core directories.

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