We live in an information age, and the hottest commodity going? Data. Pretty much every single move we make online is up for analysis. Our data is comprehensively analysed, bought and sold and turned into a commodity each and every day. And while it all seems rather abstract when we think about the big data used by marketers to decipher sales trends, all that data can also be exploited in a much more negative fashion. Owning and running a blog can be a portal that makes you a little more vulnerable to data misuse than others. Bloggers should be concerned with safeguarding their privacy online as much as possible – and following some simple steps to ensure cyber security for your business can make a big difference.
Blogging As Risk To Privacy
We all use the Internet to shop, socialise and seek information of course, but blogging comes with an extra level of risk. Your blog could possibly become a target for random acts of vandalism, personal attacks from someone who knows you or even ‘hacktivism’, if you blog about topics that can be divisive. There’s also the risk of extortion – hackers can hold your site hostage using ransomware which is only reversed for a fee – and these kinds of cyber-attacks are actually on the rise. Hackers may also attempt to gain access to your personal information or financial details. These people can be skilled at piecing together lots of seemingly harmless information which you’ve made publicly available to commit identity fraud – opening accounts in your name and running up credit. You may not become aware of this until you get a big hit on your credit score due to this unknown debt which has not been paid off.
Data In The Wrong Hands
But how do hackers get hold of enough data to do the damage? There are multiple channels that you need to assess the security of in order to reduce the likelihood of being targeted. The first place to start is with your domain. If you have registered one for your blog, then your personal information will be publicly listed in the Whois Public Domain Registry for anyone who cares to search. Another channel can be your email marketing – if you send out a regular newsletter with a provider like Get Response, they will require your mailing address to be listed in the footer of each email sent out.
Staying Safe Online As A Blogger
There are some very easy steps you can take to protect yourself. These include setting up a PO Box mailing address separate from your home address to use when you register for things. Opt for the domain privacy protection service for a yearly fee when you renew your domain too, which conceals your contact information from public databases. Make sure you’re also using unique, secure passwords for every single account – if you get confused a password management app can help you stay safe. And be careful about exactly what you post – you do need to share your life as a blogger, but consider altering or omitting certain details to keep your safety in mind. With a little attention, you can keep your data secure and still enjoy your blog.
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