Have you considered your privacy when it comes to your online presence? Sometimes blogging can risk your privacy because you are putting your personality, your contact information, and personal details out there for the world to see. You need to safeguard your privacy in today’s age of constant connection and lack of privacy.
Everything you do online is gathered, stored, analyzed, and sold on a daily basis by marketers that want to find their target market or a face to sell their product. Don’t let your blog become a weapon used against you and instead, take extra measures to protect your privacy. Before something serious happens, take these steps to make sure your blog isn’t hurting your privacy online.
Why would my privacy be at risk through my blogging?
The reason that your blog could be hurting your privacy is because the blog opens up dangers you may not have thought of. For example, if someone were to gain access to your personal information, this could help them to use it against you financially, by potentially accessing your bank accounts or opening up a credit card in your name.
Having your blog displaying your name and contact information could affect your safety, because people could stalk you, harass you, or simply give your information to marketers that will send you spam or junk mail. When your blog is about controversial topics, unpopular opinions, or if you mention confidential information about a job, you could suffer when it comes to your reputation facing fines or other trouble when the violation is discovered by the authorities. Lastly, the blog itself could be at risk for hacking, extortion, and competition.
How can I secure my blog more carefully?
Your data can be accessed by the wrong people through your domain registration, an insecure password, through the information in your blog posts, or even through your email newsletter. It’s important that you understand how your information is being accessed so that you can better secure your personal data when you blog.
A great place to start would be to get a PO Box for email marketing so that you aren’t giving out your address to where you live. You’ll want to make sure your domain is private by registering for your domain with domain privacy. It usually costs a bit extra each year but it will remove your personal address and contact information from the public database and instead show only your host information.
Take other security measures such as choosing a very secure password that is unique on every site. Backup your website to protect from hackers and malware so that you can restore it if something goes wrong. Then, get yourself a Google Voice number instead of having to give out your personal phone number to clients.
In some cases, people just aren’t careful about what they blog about. When you share too much detail about your personal life like your location, schedule, or even your name, you risk your safety. Watch the details and information you are sharing about yourself, your family, and your friends. If you tell stories, consider changing names and times to keep your friend’s safety secure as well.
The last thing you want to deal with as a blogger is harassment, a hacker, or any other situation that could have been avoided had you been more careful with your data. Make careful decisions when it comes to blogging by taking a few extra steps to keep your data secure.