Blogging is a great opportunity to document your life, share your views and opinions with the world, and build a legacy for your kids to read one day. However, a lack of privacy is one of the drawbacks.
Oversharing is common among bloggers because of the nature of the medium. In order to build a strong relationship with readers, a good blogger may feel compelled to provide personal information they would normally keep private. Nonetheless, keeping some of your life private is critical for protecting your family’s safety, particularly if you have young children.
To learn more about protecting your privacy as a blogger, read on.
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Always take precautions to ensure the safety of your website.
Basic internet security is something that everyone, bloggers included, should be doing. Consider all the times you enter personal information online, such as when you purchase, pay bills, or conduct other financial transactions. As a blogger, you expose a lot more of yourself online; as such, it is crucial that you take measures to safeguard your personal information. Your hard work and the information of your readers and subscribers could be lost if your website is vulnerable to hackers and viruses. If they are located in the European Union, you risk incurring a substantial fee for violating GDPR (general data protection regulations) rules.
Improve your blog’s safety in a number of different ways. First and foremost, maintain the highest level of internet security possible by keeping up with regular upgrades. There is also the option of using a virtual private network (VPN). Make sure that your blog login is safe by creating a complex password – a mix of letters and numbers that cannot be easily guessed, and change it often. Benefit from all of the safety features that your web host provides. They will handle the upgrade and ensure that your website is secure against modern attacks.
You should not give up your true identity too easily.
There are unscrupulous persons in the world who would steal your identity and use it for evil purposes. Because of this, it is unfortunate but necessary to always be on guard. However, it is important to exercise caution and not expose too much personal information when blogging.
Try not to give out personal information such your full name, birthday, address, place of employment, etc. Do not discuss your children’s extracurricular activities or the schools they attend. If you value your privacy, you may want to consider setting up a different email address only for blog-related correspondence. Do your research into how to prevent identity theft.
Never provide your true home address.
You probably do not want strangers showing up at your home or giving you mail if you have not asked for it. You probably wouldn’t, but be aware that these are potential outcomes should you choose to provide your true address. A post office box is commonly used by bloggers to receive shipments from companies with which they work. A small additional outlay of cash is required; however, the cost is justified by the peace of mind it provides for you and your loved ones, and can be deducted from your business’s operating costs. Think about what might happen if folks who know your address find out you will be gone for two weeks and then see it posted on your blog or social media page. This is not rocket science.
Use social media at your own risk.
Blogging and social media are natural partners. Bloggers rely on it to draw attention to their most recent content and drive traffic to their blogs. Like a blog, social media platforms allow you to interact with your audience and provide them with insight into who you are, but just as with a blog, you need to be mindful of the content you provide.
To reiterate, these basic safety precautions should be taken whether or not you are a blogger. Keeping your blog and personal lives separate can help with this. Maintaining such a wall between your personal and professional social media accounts ensures that you can continue interacting with friends and family as usual without worrying about damaging your professional reputation.
Since the internet is becoming increasingly integrated into our daily lives, privacy concerns will also increase. Blogging may and should be enjoyable, but safety first and always is the best policy to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your house. Do not publish anything on the web if you are unsure of its veracity. All of your fans will remain blissfully unaware, and your loved ones will be grateful.
Now it’s time for you guys to chime in.
What have you done as a blogger to protect yourself online?
Let me know in the comments below!