Friday, January 23, 2015

Anonymous Comments and Backups



I do read all of the comments I get, even the ones that never get posted. Like this one:
Anonymous <noreply-comment@blogger.com>                     3:22 AM (4 hours ago)

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Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "FSF Challenge - Thunder":  
 Hi there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers?
My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing several weeks of hard work due to no back up. Do you have any methods to prevent hackers?


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 Posted by Anonymous to K R Smith at January 16, 2015 at 3:22 AM
Hackers? Such as folks who post questionable links in my comments section hoping someone will click on it? Occasionally. And, yes, I actually do have methods to prevent hackers from spreading their favorite malware or virus—such as not clicking on links sent in anonymous e-mails! Also, I don't post comments like this for the protection of others. And, unlike my anonymous friend, I do make backups of my blog. It's pretty easy.

In the upper right-hand corner of your screen, you'll see your account pulldown. Click on it to see the following window. Click on "Account" inside this window.


I know the guy in the image above looks incredibly shady, but he will serve as an example. After clicking on "Account," a long list of items to update about your blog or tools you can use will appear. Somewhere down toward the bottom, you will see "Account tools." Select "Download data."




Next, select the items you want to download. In this case, I want my Blogger posts and pictures.




Once you've selected the items you want to back up, click "Next" at the bottom of the page (not shown here). On the screen that appears, you can select the appropriate file type for downloading. If you use Windows, a .zip file works.



Once you click "Create archive," a file will begin being built.


Once it's finished, you can see the size. With pictures included, it can be quite large. Click on "download" to save the file.



The file you download will have a long name.

The one I created here was:  takeout-20150117T153725Z.zip. It contains two folders that holder the backup files.




Inside the Blogger folder will be an "atom" file that can be used to restore the blog or move it to another blogging service. The Google Photos folder will contain a file with the images used on your blog.

In case you didn't download the archive right away, you'll get an e-mail reminder like this:




That's about all you have to do to make a backup of your Blogger blog!


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