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Safety comes first even in keeping Online Journals

By Amanda Randell
Published: Friday, February 5th, 2010

Online journals are called blogs. It is one way to socialize with people by sharing interests and stories about your self. Some people pay more attention to their blogs than others by not only sharing writings but also photos and videos that interest them. Truly, keeping an online journal has its own advantages because it generally widens your social circle. 

However, there are people out there like identity thieves who take advantage of such social networking. You can still protect your blog by understanding and applying identity theft protection measures. Remember that 43% of identity theft victims claim that they know the person who committed the crime. In having a blog you certainly meet new people and start building friendships with them. This is good, but you can never be too sure about those you befriend online. Safety should always come first. 

One way you can apply identity theft protection in online blogs is to never make your full name public. A nickname is always suggested and a handle is even better. This makes it possible for you to tell only your name, if you have to, to people you can really trust. In fact, there’s really no need to disclose your real name because your personal friends should already know that. 

The concept of identity theft protection is to keep personal information to yourself especially online where once you spill something, you can no longer take it back. Personal information includes your address, phone number, driver’s license numbers, social security number, student ID number and even your home town. Thieves devise new ways to get your social security number. The first step they take is to find out what town you were born in and what year. 

Practicing identity theft protection should not really hinder you from experiencing the benefits of blogs and other social networking sites. They are created out of clean intentions. If you want to, you can post where you where born or what school you go to (or went to) as long as you are not using your real name. Scammers will do everything to convince your school that they are a relative of yours so they can get more info about you from the school. Also, don’t reveal what classes you attend, much more what your class schedule is. 

The scope of identity theft protection also touches what things you post. Be discreet about the pictures you show as other people can see them too. Pictures depicting adult conduct (such as various sex acts) or substance abuse (such as drinking or drug related activities) may attract unwanted attention.  

You can freely express yourself in a blog but those who run the site work hand in hand with law enforcers once they are notified about obscenity and promotion of illegal activity in the site. One of the best ways you can decide about what you post is to ask yourself what your parents would say if they saw your blog. 

Finally, because blogs offer a direct way to communicate with people you don’t really know, some bloggers are thrilled by the idea of meeting up online friends. Most of the time, you can meet people who are okay. But there have already been real instances when people meet scammers. Of course, this can be really dangerous for they can rob you or worse, hurt you. Make sure that the meeting place is at least ten miles away from your house, ask one of your friends to accompany you and always let your parents know what you are up to.

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