A while back, I wrote an article called “Does Blogging Increase Your Chances of Being Suicided?”
In it, I discussed the fact that there’s a correlation between blogging and being potentially threatened with murder.
This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about safety and security when it comes to writing online.
After all, as I mentioned in my previous article, “the digital nomad life is a lonely one”, and it’s easy for things to go terribly wrong when you’re working remotely as a freelance content creator, blogger, or social media influence.
So, what is the safest way to write online?
I decided to research the question and came across some surprisingly useful information regarding safety and security when blogging.
After reading, “Does Blogging Increase Your Chances of Being Suicided?”, you might be wondering: Can I really be safe writing online? Can I trust the individuals or organizations behind the blog articles I read? Can I really be safe publishing my thoughts and feelings online?
The short answer to all of these questions is yes. However, it’s important to know exactly what kind of safety and security you’re getting into when writing online.
Safer to Use Incognito
It’s always a good idea to use an incognito browser window while doing your daily browsing.
This will help keep your personal information safe from prying eyes, because all of your personal information, including your sensitive details, won’t be saved when you use this mode.
Incognito mode is generally safer than the normal browsing mode, because it doesn’t save any data from previous browsing sessions in the default browser.
This means that if an attacker manages to gain access to your computer, they won’t be able to retrieve any information from your browsing history or track your activity.
HTTPS Is Your Friend
Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure is one of the safest methods of browsing the internet, and it’s becoming increasingly prevalent every year.
While regular HTTP means that your communications are open to anyone listening on the network, HTTPS ensures that only approved communications are intercepted.
This is important if you want to keep your personal information secure when browsing the internet, because the majority of hacks and data leaks happen due to insecure communications via regular HTTP.
If you’re not familiar, HTTP is the protocol that allows websites to communicate with your computer.
In simple terms, it’s like the postal service of the internet.
When you visit a website using HTTP, you should assume that your personal information, including your e-mail address and any credit card or bank details you enter into a form, is potentially being monitored and recorded by the website you’re visiting.
In most cases, this information is not safeguarded.
However, that changes when you use HTTPS.
When you use the HTTPS, the connection is encrypted, and any information you send is concealed from prying eyes.
This means that when you use HTTPS, you can rest assured that your personal information will be kept safe, and any hackers who try to steal information will have a hard time doing so.
Use A VPN To Secure Your Connection
Virtual Private Network is one of the most effective ways to keep your personal information secure when writing online.
A VPN is a virtual private network that can be created using virtual servers located around the world.
A VPN creates a secure connection between your computer and the server, which can then be accessed from any location you choose.
While most people use a VPN to secure their online activity, it can also be used to secure your laptop or desktop if you’re connected to public Wi-Fi while traveling or if you’re worried about your personal information being accessed by an unscrupulous third party.
To learn more, read my detailed guide to using a VPN.
Be Careful What You Post
Whether you publish blogs, tweets, or any type of content online, it’s important to be careful about what you post.
You never know who might see your content, and you never know when this content might end up in the wrong hands.
If you post something that you don’t want to see on the front page of Reddit or Hacker News, then make sure that you remove or mask it as soon as possible.
It’s also important not to post personal information such as your email address, physical address, phone number, or any other details that could be used to identify you.
You don’t want your personal information to be out there for the world to see, because once it’s out there, it can’t be removed.
Make sure that you never post anything that you wouldn’t want someone to know about you. This means that no matter what type of content you post, make sure that it’s at least somewhat anonymous.
Now, obviously, none of this advice is intended to replace good old-fashioned common sense when it comes to writing online.
If you want to make sure that your blog is as safe as possible, then make sure that you keep your computer and the internet connections as secure as possible.