If you’re a blogging newbie, the chances are that you are more than happy to tap away on your keyboard letting your musings appear on the laptop screen in front of you without a care in the world. For you, blogging is a release, a way of expressing your thoughts and finding your voice online. At some point, you may look at making your blog a money making venture, and you might be keen to increase your readership numbers.
As your blog begins to become more popular, you need to be aware of the hidden dangers of blogging that no one ever mentions. Yes, blogging is fun and should be a safe sphere for all, but sadly this is not always the case. Take a look at how you can get the most out of your blogging experience while preserving your online safety.
Although you may think hackers and cyber criminals will have more lucrative websites on their radar, you shouldn’t feel immune from the threat of ransomware. As soon as your blog begins to earn money and hold financial and sensitive personal detail, you become a target.
It’s vital that you host your blog with a company that regularly backs up your data. You want instant recovery to a pre-infection system. It’s important that you heed the most basic advice when it comes to cybersecurity. Ensure your passwords are random, consist of at least twelve characters and are updated at least monthly. Don’t open the dodgy looking attachment in that odd email you’ve been sent no matter how tempting it might be. If you’re really serious, you may even want to hire a cyber security professional to help you with even more secure solutions for your blog.
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Even if you don’t write about a controversial topic, cyberbullies could make you and your blog their target. They may post unwanted comments, they could begin sending you threatening emails or set up a social media campaign to discredit you. This can be incredibly unpleasant, and it is hard to police against.
However, media law is now becoming more strict and enforceable as the Internet is becoming the go-to media for millennials and older folk alike. Hopefully, you will never have to go through the trauma of stalking or trolling, but anti-harassment injunctions can now be put in place to protect you.
If your blog does become popular, you need to take steps to maintain your personal privacy. If you haven’t done already, it’s a good idea to use domain privacy. This means that your home address and other details will not be placed on a public register for the world and his wife to see. If you ever have to give out your phone number to network with other bloggers or contributors, you should ensure that you have a separate work phone.
By never having to give out your personal phone number or address details you are maintaining a level of anonymity and privacy to protect yourself from unsolicited emails and unwanted attention.
Beginning a blog is exciting. While you may not be looking too far ahead, you never know how popular your musings may become. Start protecting your privacy, data and reputation now, so you don’t have to play catch up in the future.