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Published on January 5th, 2014 | by adminbill

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Blogger

A blog-publishing and hosting website that is owned by Google. Free users get to publish blogs under the .blogspot domain, whereas paid users can use their custom web address. Blogger users can choose from various templates that allows them to design the look of their blog, add widgets and social media buttons to provide more functionality.

Creating an account

To use Google’s Blogger service, you have to register for a Google account which allows you access to all of Google’s services, including Blogger.

When signing up for your Google account you have to input a password that is at least 8 characters long. In order to create a strong password, it is recommended that you use a mixture of numerical, upper and lower case characters. Google provides a password strength indicator, but it simply assesses your password on the basis of its length. Anything less than 8 characters is classified as ‘weak’ whereas 8 characters or more will be classified as ‘strong’.

Security features on Blogger

You can configure options related to secure access of your account from Google’s central account settings page. To access this, click on your username at the top-right of the screen and select Account Settings from the drop-down list. Click on the link in the ‘Google Account settings’ to view the options related to your password and two-factor authentication.

You can set up two-factor authentication for your Blogger account by enabling it from the list of options on the Security page. To get the security code to access your account you can either have Google send you the code on your mobile phone each time you try to log in or you can generate the code using an app like Google Authenticator for Android, Apple and Blackberry devices that can be downloaded from Google Play or App Store. If you have a Windows phone, you will need to download a compatible third-party app like Authenticator to sign in.

Managing your security settings

You can access security options for Blogger by clicking on your username and then clicking on Account settings. Click on the link in the ‘Google Account settings’ area to access all the security settings for your Google account. Here you will have access to a variety of security and privacy controls that let you manage the safety our data online.

Click on the Security option on the left-hand menu to access the most important security options you need to protect your account including: changing your password, account recovery options, notification of unusual activity, 2-step authentication and the possibility to review all the websites and apps that are linked to your Google account.

You can also manage the privacy settings of your posts directly from your Blogger interface. You can choose whether to make the content you publish visible to the public or restrict viewing to people of your choosing.

Personal data usage

According to Google’s privacy policy, personal information from your account can be disclosed to third parties.  For example, when integrating external apps or services to your Google account to use on Blogger, it is up to you to decide whether a site or an app should be trusted with your personal information since Google does not review or endorse other websites.

Closing your account

Blogger is a part of your Google account and it cannot be removed. You can choose not to use it at all and delete any data you have stored on it.

If you wish to delete your entire account, this will mean having to close down your Google account and with it, all the associated data in the services that Google provides. To do this, click on your username at the top-right of page and click on ‘Account settings’. Click on the link in the ‘Google Account settings’ area and press on the Account link from the left-hand menu.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page and under the heading ‘Account Management’ you can find a link to close your Google account and delete all the services and information associated with it. To proceed with the deletion request, enter your password and press the red ‘Delete Google Account’ button.

Security record

Blogger is only a part of Google’s wide range of online services and it has never been specifically targeted by hackers trying to access users’ account. However Google has been heavily under fire by hackers and gaining access to a Google account automatically gives access to all the dependent services, including Blogger.

Third parties on Blogger

You can integrate several third party applications and web services on Blogger. According to its privacy policy, Google does not review or endorse any third party apps or sites and it is up to you to choose whether to authorise the sharing of your information with these apps or websites. You can quickly review all the sites and apps that are connected to your Google account from the Google Account settings page. In the Security section of this page you can control which applications and websites can access and use details from your Google account, including from your Blogger account.

Tracking your shared information

On the Google Accounts settings page you can check the list of authorised applications that are connected to your accounts and revoke access as necessary from the Security section.


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