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Blogs and Privacy

Discussion in 'Writer's Lounge' started by PuzzleRaven, April 24, 2020.

  1. PuzzleRaven

    PuzzleRaven Member

    I wanted to set up a blog for my fanfic for an alt world. I was using Livejournal and a public wifi, but I can't get to it during the lockdown.

    It's as if every blog now gets name, address, fingerprints, browsers...Can I blog without revealing my ID? It's pretty impossible.
     
  2. jessica

    jessica Active Member

    Why worry? There's so much data they can't track you
     
  3. Mine all mine

    Mine all mine Member

    Bull-bits. There's enough processing power to crack it.
     
  4. tirial

    tirial IT fixer extraordinaire

    pen.io was about it, but I don't know if they are still running.
     
  5. skye

    skye Member

    You can set blogs to private, on things like blogger. No one sees it unless you give permission or a password.
     
  6. Tregaron

    Tregaron Member

    If I read correctly, Puzzleraven isn't protecting his content, he's trying to protect his ID.
     
  7. PuzzleRaven

    PuzzleRaven Member

    Correct. Work would be unhappy if I wrote fanfic.
     
  8. jessica

    jessica Active Member

    Ah. Problem. I guess they need to know for liability?
     
  9. Mine all mine

    Mine all mine Member

    Use a VPN, or VPN, tor, VPN?
     
  10. Tregaron

    Tregaron Member

    If they're paid VPNs, it creates a trail. The major blogs don't harvest data for legal, they do it to sell it. Anyone else have the joy of Google trying to link their work and home IDs?
     
  11. Mine all mine

    Mine all mine Member

    @tirial , that's what VMware's for?
     
  12. tirial

    tirial IT fixer extraordinaire

    And your MAC address?
     
  13. Mine all mine

    Mine all mine Member

    Detachable modem alt.
     
  14. tirial

    tirial IT fixer extraordinaire

    Holy- Ok, you are more serious about privacy than me.

    Back to blogs, and this is just my opinion.

    Livejournal is not private. You have to agree to share your details with google during sign up.

    Dreamwidth is private to an extent but requires the use of a VPN, who of course have your home IP address and log what you do through them.

    Insanejournal - looks private if you get a free account, but good luck getting an invite. There's no way to pay for an account that does not expose real name and address thanks to Paypal's policy change, and no way to request an invite from the admins like AO3.

    https://www.my-diary.org/faq/ actually looks pretty private as long as you block ads, since they use adsense.

    Blogger - hahha hah ha - are you f-ing kidding me? It's owned by Google, nuff said.

    Wordpress - Tracks everything, stores it forever, and while I don't know I suspect they will roll over and stick their paws in the air while barking out your data to anyone who queries the database, warrant not required - at least judging by the number of hack attempts wordfence stops on my various installs. (WP security holes are why Bookangel has the two stage system it does.)
     
  15. Tregaron

    Tregaron Member

    Bookangel doesn't track, so you could post here. We don't have blogs, but we do have Scribblings.
     
  16. CatInASuit

    CatInASuit Administrator Staff Member

    Well technically, we do track some things, but we don't try to put it all together, link accounts, send info to google AFAIK.

    Anyway, I can have a look to see if we can incorporate blogs. I know vBulletin has something similar.
     
  17. Bookangel

    Bookangel Administrator Staff Member

    Please look into this. It could be useful for more than this.
     
  18. CatInASuit

    CatInASuit Administrator Staff Member

    Ok - taking a look at it now, may have something shortly.
     
  19. Bookangel

    Bookangel Administrator Staff Member

    That looks good. How can we all see or write then?
     
  20. CatInASuit

    CatInASuit Administrator Staff Member

    Hold on, let me fix the permissions. I'll set up a group. Anyone interested in Beta testing?
     

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