It’s ya girl Mary, and I am back to teach a 101 Class. On what you ask? Staying safe in the blogging world!
I was recently talking to my newest online friend, and I asked her if she had a blog, and she said no, because of privacy reasons and a little online paranoia her Mother has. Completely understandable, and I get it. Being online is super scary! Everyone is a possible threat in the blogging world, and it’s hard not to be scared. So I came up with several tips on how to stay safe in the very large world of the internet.
Make your blog private! This is super easy to do, and no one can get in without you seeing. Anytime someone clicks on a link to your blog, a screen will pop up, and anyone who wants to visit or follow will have to request access to your blog, and an email notifies you, then you can explore who this person is before they stumble upon your blog. And bots, creepers, and identity thefts cannot see your blog, leave a comment, or do anything shady.
How To Do This: Go to Settings, it’s under Manage. Then, under General, Scroll down to Privacy, and then select Private.
Simple and Secure!
Make up a pen name! A pen name, also called a nom de plume or a literary double, is a pseudonym adopted by an author and printed on the title page or by-line of their works in place of their real name.*from google*
My pen name could be M. Liz, because it’s short for Mary Elizabeth. Or a pen names could have nothing to do with you, and that makes it harder for identity theft.
Try not to use pen names with numbers or random letters, it feels less personal and kind of spaced off. You want your name to sound real, not like a bot.
Some stuff is better off personal, what you look like, your phone number, the school you go to, family member names, where you go to vacation, where you work, your last name, ect ect.
Don’t hand off your phone number to just anyone. Area codes can be given out, showing your exact location. If you really trust this person, sure, try it out! This could be really fun! But if you just followed their blog, don’t give them your phone number.
The school you go to pretty self explanatory. I could say I went to Hawkins High School (Fictional), people could look it up on google maps, and find you. So if you do take pictures of yourself, make sure you aren’t wearing merch from the school (or local places!).
Do a proof scan of all pictures, making sure not to get any personal things in them. Like license plates, mail boxes, state signs, local businesses, ect ect.
Bottom line, if you don’t want identity theft, don’t share any possible things that could give out your location, or personal things only your closest family would know.
Create a second email for online friends and blogging. Your personal email could have your real name in it. It’s also more organized and professional.
You can never go wrong with two emails! If your email does get hacked, they won’t find any personal information.
Create a full-proof password. If your password is easily guessed, (Like your name) then you could most likely get hacked. Try something super random, like a bunch of numbers or random words. Such as:
It’s sort of funny, and super hard to guess. Just don’t share it with anyone. If a blogging friend asks for it, just simply say, “I’m not comfortable with doing that.” and they’ll usually stop bugging you. If they perseist, tell a parent. If your comfortable with asking other bloggers if they bugged them too, then go ahead, ask them. But in an email.
Darcie (A WordPress Professional) Says:
[You] should completely ignore anyone asking for passwords. Just do not reply, delete the comments. If they gave out their password and cannot login, they can use WordPress.com support for help.
In conclusion, follow the steps above and you’ll probably be the safest person on the internet. Give out passwords like candy, that’s a recipe for disaster. Two emails for Personal and Blogging, is great. Keep it personal if it is personal, and pen names saves you from identity theft. And private blog = extra security.
SO, will you be taking these tips into action?
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