6 Six Online Safety Precautions For Spiritual Entrepreneurs
How to Protect Yourself in the Physical world, While Running a Spiritual Business
Do you have an online presence? Have you developed a Facebook Page or created a website? Are you posting content online for your business?
If so, there are some safety precautions you need to know about - that aren’t always made abundantly clear.
As much as I wish it weren’t true, not everyone we’ll interact with on a daily basis is - how shall I say this? - ‘living in their light.’
When you own a website for your spiritual practice, many of the visitors to your website will be loving, intentional human beings (just like you) and they’ll treat you with the utmost kindness.
That fact will represent 99% of the people you’ll interact with online.
But, as your blogs, videos, meditations and podcasts sweep the internet, you’ll naturally encounter a few individuals who are the poster children for the reason why online safety both exists and is necessary for you to be aware of.
Being the owner of a blog, I used to post everything about myself online - very openly. Until a bad apple showed up at my doorstep, reminded me of physical reality, and ruined it for everyone. And as my website gets bigger and bigger, I’ve realized that there are ways that people can access your contact information - that you may not even know about - and it would really be in your best interest if it were private.
So that’s what I’m here to share with you.
My Top 5 online personal safety tips
when you get online, make sure to Pay attention to your:
Photographs shared on your blog or social media and taken with a cell phone are ‘geotagged’ unless you specifically turn this feature off. That means that anyone with a computer who wants to look at the details of your photo can find out the exact longitude and latitude of where that photo was taken - aka - the exact address of your bedroom.
For photos posted on your business pages, make sure to disable the geotagging feature on your phone before you get to snapping for public consumption.
Get privacy on your Whois website account.
International policies require that all website addresses (domain names) are attached to physical addresses for website databases.
When you bought your website, did you use your home address in the registration field? If so, that means that anyone could search your website on www.whois.com and find out where you live.
Domain service providers like GoDaddy or Enom have privacy protection features that you can enable in exchange for your address listing being at their location, not yours (sometimes it’s an extra fee, but it’s worth the protection) and I highly suggest.
Get a separate home address for your business mail.
When you own a business, you need a physical address to register for many business-related services - newsletter providers, business registration in your state or getting a business bank account. Even if your business IS at your home address, don’t use your home address as your contact address when you register your business and set up it’s related services.
Businesses are public enterprises and because of this, people you’ve never met and may not even like could search and find your home address in the public record. Instead, get a P.O or UPS box. In the US, a UPS address box (rather than a USPS box) costs more, but in return, you get a valid street address - rather than just a box number - which may be required for receiving certain types of packages and, some people think it looks more professional, to boot.
Hide your telephone number on calls.
Likewise for phone numbers - you often need one to register your business's services such as a PayPal account, website login information, etc.
Unless you want clients calling you back after distance sessions for prospective customers contacting your house line at all hours to schedule appointments, or for your personal telephone to get publicly listed with your business address, get a cheap online telephone number account for any and all business related calls or registrations.
Internet phone lines are offered at places like GoogleVoice or Vonage and both of these services give you a number to list for your business and a phone account that you can use to make outgoing calls while both anonymizing your number and blocking/protecting yourself from fielding incoming callers.
Separate your personal email and business email.
In the beginning of your online presence, having your personal email account as your contact email may not seem like a big deal, but as your presence grows - it will be. Before you get into trouble with too few boundaries and too much meshing of your business-personal life, create some separation while giving yourself a professional edge with an email that says “I take this seriously, thank you,' - an “firstname.lastname@example.org” email address. Gmail sells accounts like these for around $5/mo - check it out here.
Prevent webcam hacking by covering your icam hole while surfing.
Okay, I didn't take this one seriously until I started having visions of it happening to me. Then there were the few times in my office, where I'd be reading a book or doing a reading for someone and suddenly get the feeling that my webcam was on, but yet the light wasn't activated.
Then, my office manager brought this article to my desk and it was time to admit this was a real thing. With fans come followers and with followers come obsessors and with obsessors come stalkers. You want to make sure you take steps to protect yourself when your webcam is not in use - there's currently a shield over it.
This is the shield I use (Amazon link), though masking tape works just fine.
These are the top 6 ways you can protect yourself and your personal location, images, details and contact information from getting into the wrong kind of public hands.
As an online professional - not just a psychic medium - it’s important to pay attention to physical world safety. You never know who is out there and even though you and I are both spiritual workers, wanting what’s best for everyone - we have to acknowledge that we share this earth with all kinds of people. We just have to be mindful of them.
Amanda Linette Meder
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