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How to secure your Google account and Blogger blog?

As a part of contributions to NCSAM, I am writing this article down on what all should we be aware of with respect to Google's security aspect and how to make sure your blog stays yours forever.
What is NCSAM? It's National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is observed during the month of October every year in America.

However, we all know cyber security is a world topic and is not limited to just the USA. So let me give some tips with respect to keeping the Google account safe and Blogger blogs safe from hackers.

As I secure my account, I hope you people catch up too.

In this blog post, I am going to tell about the following,
Securing your Google account.Securing your Blogger blog. Securing your Google account Since Blogger is also part of your Google account, let's first see what all we need to do to keep our Google account safe. Don't share your password to anyone.Keep changing your password every 60 - 90 days.Make sure your password is strong enough. Have at leas…

How to change the number of posts in the home page

How do I alter the number of posts in home page has been a question in blogger since long time ago. So there are two ways in which the number of posts per page can be defined.
  1. Number of posts
  2. Number of days
Number of posts
  1. Go to Dashboard > Settings > Posts, comments and sharing 
  2. Under Posts > Show at most
  3. Provide Number of posts to appear as number
  4. In the drop down between Days and Posts choose Posts.
  5. Save settings.
So now, you might see the number of posts you provided in the text box appearing on the home page.

Number of days
  1. Go to Dashboard > Settings > Posts, comments and sharing 
  2. Under Posts > Show at most
  3. Provide posts of the number of days that should appear on home page.
  4. For example, if I want posts from past 10 days to appear on this page, I would give 10.
  5. In the drop down between Days and Posts choose Days.
  6. Save settings.
So now, you might see posts from past 10 days to appearing on the homepage. 

Usual complaints?
  1. I do not see the selected number of posts appearing.
  2. Show at most for Number of posts not working.
Troubleshooting.

Checking if settings are proper
  1. Go to Dashboard > Settings > Posts, comments and sharing
  2. Under Posts > Show at most
  3. Check if you have chosen Posts or Days.
Checking for number of posts
  1. Number of posts settings isn't a magic thing to create posts on its own.
  2. Kindly check if you have posts greater than or equal to the number you have entered in settings.
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