The stats counter tells me many of you are looking at the post on Trolling. In fact, it tells me some of you have emailed links to the article, and it has been forwarded on to others, as I get hits from Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail, and Google Mail.
It is hard for me to judge how serious any of you need to take security. But I have already seen four blogs close since the inception of this blog where the blogger indicated it was because some had or was trying to out them and I suspect there were at least two more.
There are plenty of articles out on the web that go into detail how easy it is to gather up personal information on people. Just because you have more than one nickname does not mean you are hidden. Read this three part article on Digital Breadcrumbs, done by a guy with not that much more computer knowledge than the average blogger, and see how easily information on multiple web sites can be used to identify who owns a particular email name, comments and posts. Then read this follow up article by Ethan Zuckerman on Anonymous Blogging.
Obviously, if you are were sex work is legal, or your blog is for marketing purposes, there are other considerations for you. But the majority of you are in places where what you are doing is illegal, and where there are real dangers involved. Need I remind you what went on in England, Vancouver, and other places?
Take care of yourself. Please.
The link that originally appeared here for Digital Breadcrumbs has been corrected. I apologize for any inconvenience.