Sunday, 15 December 2013

Blog Safely!

It's a funny thing to say 'blog safely' because I'm sure each and every one of us thinks that we are. We all love to share our lives with our readers and followers. It's what makes blogging and vlogging so enjoyable. But what's disappointing is that sometimes this enjoyable hobby can put us in potential danger if we are not careful about the amount of information we disclose. 

I for one have not really worried too much about the content I create. Of course I'm aware that anyone and everyone can view my posts and videos online, but that's part of the appeal. I want to reach as many people as possible because getting fresh, new and instant feedback from a review or video is exciting. But being a blogger often means that you are willing to share a certain quantity of your life with your readers to create that invaluable relationship. As a reader of blogs myself, I like to feel like I can relate to and understand the person behind the posts, so in return I like to be relatable too.

Information such as your name, age and perhaps your location are often pieces of information which are disclosed to give you a rough identity. This is then padded out by your day-to-day tweetings and posts which create your core personality. But when do we decide that there's something we don't want to share? Where do we draw the line between sharing to build reader relationships and something that doesn't feel quite as comfortable?

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 In honesty it's incredibly easy to not notice how much information we post online. It's 2013 and there are now multiple ways to share where we are, what we are up to and even what we just ate if we want. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter make this information just one click away. Do we notice the amount of information we are divulging every time we let the online world know that the film at Vue Cinema in (insert town) was amazing or when we Instagram a picture of our Christmas tree and presents in our living room? To someone with other ulterior motives these posts could be a lead to where you hang out most, what town you live in and which part of the house could be burgled first to reap the best rewards. The thought sends shivers down my spine.

There are some really simple measures we can all take to make sure that we are kept protected from identity scams and secure our privacy. Not sharing your password or bank details to anyone is a key aspect to keeping yourself safe. No one will ever ask you give out these details so remember to keep them secret. If you come across a form online that asks you to fill in a little too much information, it's probably not worth taking the risk. Hackers will try every trick in the book to get your personal details as information and identity are valuable commodities.

Avoid little things like not taking "Outfit of the day" pictures that include your street sign, letting people know exactly when you will be away from home on holiday and turning off the location notification on your social media will all help to keep you safe too. These may seem like minor everyday activities but a couple of months, or even a couple of weeks worth of sharing this information could provide someone with enough insight into your life to find out where you might be, what you may be doing and, in some circumstances, put you at risk. If I feel like I want to share more information I tend to set profiles to private so that I get to specifically choose who sees the content. Having said that I understand that a lot of bloggers don't like to restrict their following.

I think the line between my blog and life is drawn by specifics. For example, I would be happy to disclose what I thought of a film I saw or where I may be heading on holiday but I prefer not to disclose where I saw the film or when I might be going away. That way I hope that there can still be involvement and interaction but in a safe and secure way.

Blogging without the spice of every individuals personality would be annoying but I just try to remember that personality and details are two very different things.

Let me know your thoughts on this topic in the comments below :)

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1 comment:

  1. I've always thought that in a few years time there will be an awful lot of adults trying to totally remove embarrassing childhood photos/stories from their parents blogs.


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