When you are starting or growing your blog, there are a lot of exciting things to think about such as the target audience, the growth expectations, and how regular you want to post. Yet a lot of bloggers don’t think about two other important factors: their security and their image.
As a blogger, you need to remain in control of your identity at all times. There are multiple reasons for this, ranging from the fact that identity theft is a growing crime that is difficult to recover from due to the fact that your reputation is your biggest asset as a blogger. Often in the process of identity theft, your blog is stolen and used for profit as well. It needs protecting, and luckily there are many ways for you to do so.
Here are some tips on how to protect your identity while you blog:-
While it may seem cold at first, it is perfectly understandable that you will have aspects of your life that your readership simply doesn’t need to know. Some details can give away important private information that is an essential part of your identity and your privacy. Giving away those details can result in someone impersonating you on the internet (an easy task given the nature of the internet). Other problems in the real world are rumors spreading around and even some forms of identity theft.
This is why you should try to use every tool as your disposal to separate your blogging life from the other aspects of your life, so that you do not have to deal with any mix-ups or breaches from one into the other. There are generally no benefits from such an unwanted breach. No matter how open a person or writer you are, you want and you need to remain in control of the situation.
The first thing to do is to see if you can create separate social media accounts for your blogging identity and your personal identity. If at all possible raise the privacy settings to the max on your personal accounts so that you don’t have to reject fans that mean perfectly well. Following this, create a separate email for any and all blogging purposes so that your personal email doesn’t get out to everyone for people to potentially try to hack or spam.
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Protecting your identity is primarily a manner of internet security and the privacy that proper internet security provides you. You need to know what the basic rules of the internet are in order to protect yourself from malware, viruses, and scammers. This means that you need to have an internet security program, and it also means that you should be using the strongest passwords that you can think of for your online accounts.
It also means taking a look at your blog and seeing what options you have available. While it is impossible to go over every different blogging platform and template, there are usually privacy settings you can adjust to hide certain things about your blog or allow access. Learn these settings and know that it is okay to change them if you feel that there is a problem.
When it comes down to it, an identity is nothing more than a series of facts and information that can be used. The more facts about yourself that are out there, the easier it is for someone to steal your identity. While you may wish you engage your audience and your friends and family, the internet in general does not need to know too much about you.
As hinted at above, try to maintain some level of separation from your readers while still engaging them. You obviously shouldn’t give them financial information, but other information about your family and personal life might be just as valuable to certain cybercriminals. With a few details, a skilled hacker can narrow down where you live, and an address is a powerful piece of information to have.
You also might want to consider a pen name if you don’t necessarily want your name to be attached to the project. More writers than you think use one, and it has not been a detriment to their business and readership numbers.
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If you want to protect your identity while you are blogging, the best tool or service you can possibly use is a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which is a service which allows you to connect your computer over an encrypted connection to an offsite secure server which will handle your requests for you.
A VPN protects your privacy and identity in several ways. The primary way is that it masks your IP address so that no one can track you while you are using the internet. No one will know what you are doing, and no government can block or place surveillance on you because no one will know that it is you. The encryption on the connection is also an amazing defense while using any network (especially public networks), as it creates a tunnel that no hackers or anyone looking in on the network can get into. All they’ll see is that you’re using a VPN.
These different factors come together to create a service that embodies protection for your computer and blog, allowing you to conceal your information to reveal it as you please.
Thanks for reading, and may you stay safe and private while you write your blog and start your new journey.
Guest Post By:-
Blogger at www.securethoughts.com
CEO and Founder at Mighty Shouts.