How To Protect Your Privacy On The Internet As An Online Business Owner
If you have your own website or blog, you have probably done a lot of research into GDPR and protecting your reader’s privacy.
You ensure that none of your reader’s data is kept for any longer than is needed, and you never pass it to third parties. You might even have sought legal advice to make sure that your policies are within the law, and that you are in no danger of breaching any international regulations.
But, what about your own data and privacy?
When you run a website, you share an awful lot of yourself online. You might have your home address at the bottom of every email that you send to your subscribers. You might use your full name on social media and share photos that give people a lot of information about yourself, your family and your life. But, have you ever thought of the risks that you might be putting yourself in?
Online sharing is such a normal part of life today. Most of us share details of our lives without even thinking about how they might be used by others. We tell people where we live. We tell the world that we are on holiday and that our house is empty. We share private details that could give hackers, stalkers, and cybercriminals everything that they need. But, how do we protect ourselves without closing down the online elements of our business completely?
Don’t Use Your Real Address
The law states that you must have a real world address on your email communications if you use an email service provider and you send any kind of electronic communication. For many new bloggers and website owners, this is the first time that they think “I don’t want to give that away” but most do it anyway because they think that they have to. Virtual Office services can be the perfect alternative. It also gives you a safe way to receive mail and parcels.
If this is not an option for you then you can use the bare minimum of your address. Never use your house name or number.
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