Privacy: how to best protect your privacy in ASN
Here at Anxiety Social Net we care deeply about users’ privacy. We want to make sure that you are comfortable and feel safe in sharing your experiences and life stories with other members, therefore we created a very user friendly website which keeps your need for privacy in high regards. On our member’s page you will be able to find several features which allow you to create a profile, post blogs and photos as well as share your thoughts and dreams with other members, if you would like.
It is important for users to understand that ASN profiles and diaries can’t be seen by people who are not ASN members. However, it is very easy to open an ASN account so here are a few things you can do in order to make sure you keep your identity as private as possible:
- Avoid putting a real picture of yourself on your profile page as it might lead to people recognizing you or getting to know you on a deeper and more specific level than you intend them to
- If you are afraid to share your real name and surname, it is a good idea to come up with a nick name that will help you feel safe. It will help create a safety blanket if you will
- Try to avoid using real life details when you create your profile page, such as your birthday and where you are from
Some people, especially at the beginning, prefer other members to know as little as possible about who they really are as they feel protected by the unanimity of a generic identity. Hiding behind an anonymous identity can, however, have unexpected beneficial effects , You will have the courage to open up about your trials and tribulations, your battle with anxiety, your struggles and more importantly, you will feel totally safe and comfortable in doing so as other members do not know who you really are and friends and family will not have a way to know if this particular user is you or not.
Understanding private and public areas in ASN
Anxietysocialnet have two different types of areas; the private areas and the public areas. The main difference is that the private cannot be crawled by Google nor seen my non ASN members, the public areas can be crawled by Google and can be seen by anybody.
Here is a list of private areas in ASN:
Here is a list of public areas in ASN:
- The Q&A
- The general blog
- The organic groups
Make sure you pay attention as to where on the member’s page your share your most inner thoughts and past tribulations. In fact, while some features are designed for you to write and talk about your private life, other features are instead intended as a source of public domain, where everybody has access to. For example, the Diary feature is completely private. It is there for you to be able to just pour your heart out as you type everything you are going through.
At the same time though, features like the blog and the Q&A are of public domain, we feel that all the information in the Q&A must be accessible to the world in order to increase awareness and give value to everybody. Keep in mind that whatever you write or comment is not only visible to every other member of the website but can also be picked up by search engines like Google, which makes its content visible to whole wide world. Therefore we encourage you not to write anything you don’t want to display publicly.
The Anxiety Social Net Team