Xanga, a popular blog and networking site, similar to the ever popular MySpace and Blogger websites, is home to many hundreds of thousands of users from all over the world. I am one of them, and I was concerned with the privacy and security of my information on my blog, and in my profile, on this popular social networking blog. There are steps you can take to protect yourself from unwanted attention on Xanga, and I found out how to do this, even though it was a bit difficult at first. Unfortunately, many thousands of Xangan’s have not taken these steps to protect their blog(s) and nearly anyone with access to the Internet could be viewing sensitive or personal information about them on their parts of Xanga.com. Internet security is a key part of using the web today, and I am quite experienced in this realm, having assisted many other in securing their own information and PCs from the danger posed by Internet threats.
When you setup a Xanga account, you are given a list of privacy options. It is too bad that most people ignore this list, and just proceed to their newly-created blog, eager to find friends and talk about their own personal lives. What is important to realize is that these very settings partly hold the key to keeping your blog personal, and making it stay that way. If you can effectively blog out search engines from crawling it, blog out unwanted guests from viewing it, and block out other types of intrusions into it, you can really help keep your blog safe from privacy invasion.
First, enable ‘Xanga Lock’ on your settings panel. This is actually a little bit tricky to find, and the easiest way is to just do a search under ‘Help’ in the Xanga menu for ‘Xanga Lock.’ This will take you to a link where you can enable this powerful little option. What is does is require anyone who wants to go to your Xanga to login with their Xanga account. This is often enough to deter many unwanted viewers, although it does not totally blog out other users that have Xanga accounts. It is a good first step, as the added annoyance of having to login often deters many people who shouldn’t be on your site in the first place.
Under the privacy settings, also disable the ability of Xanga allowing search engines to crawl and index your page. This will block Google and others like Blingo and Yahoo from listing your website in their search results, further ‘hiding’ your website from the general public. I have also disabled allowing an RSS feed, and I have enabled Xanga ‘Footprints’, a tool that lets you view who has been on your Xanga.
Finally, to truly make your blog private, you can make your posts private. However, this will block your friends from viewing what you have written, so if you want them to see it, do not make the posts ‘private.’ When you have done all you can, the most important thing to also keep in mind is to keep your personal details off of Xanga as much as you can. Don’t post phone numbers, address’s, emails, etc, as these could all be used by someone with malicious intent. It’s not possible to keep your blog 100 % protected against someone viewing it, but you can get pretty close. Remember-stay safe online by being smart and knowing how to protect yourself!