Protecting yourself, and your littles online

We get high strung and nervous enough when it comes to being an Adult Baby in the first place.  Adding the additional stress of making an online mistake and sharing your little life with your personal or professional life can put you over the edge.  I saw a post about someone wondering what to do, coupled with a chat I was having with someone, that made me want to put a few things together as pointers to help you be safe while online.

Separate Persona = Separate accounts – Take a few minutes and signup a new email address to build yourself on.  This separates your personal life and your diapered life. The more difference between the two, the easier it will be for you to not make a mistake and fire off an email from the wrong account.  This goes for all social media accounts as well. Leveraging banners and avatar/profile images that are distinct will help you keep which profile you are currently in. I leverage completely separate devices for this purpose.

Separate Devices – There are many reasons for this, but mine is out of simplicity.  I have a different device to help my brain keep them straight. Put a different sticker, wallpaper, or case on it to further help distinguish the two.  This will also help with cookies and tracking that we will cover in a minute. Having a dedicated device to only your diapers will make sure you don’t start getting ads or purchase suggestions on your normal accounts and computers.

Whether it is a separate tablet, phone, or computer find something that you can use to dedicate to your little self.  You’ve been a good boy/girl, treat yourself with a present! 🙂 There are many, many options available to you. Chromebooks ($200-1,000) are a good option as they are easy on the pocketbook.  There are also many Android phones and tablets ($50-$500) that won’t break the bank.  Some Android phones have the ability to enable multiple users on the same device, thus creating a separate space for your little activities.

Finally I have helped people on a budget get refurbished business laptops that are great machines that are typically three-five years old for a fraction of their original costs ($200-300).  A great option for a little on a budget. These are constantly changing so please reach out, and I’d be happy to help you find something. @aberrantlyme on Twitter

Email Security – Encrypting your email is an added measure that allows you to have secure communications between you and sender that you have exchanged keys with.  They key is used in conjunction with the encryption algorithm to make the text unreadable by anyone without the key to decrypt it, or enough time to brute force the decryption (ain’t nobody got time for that!)  You can also get services like Secure Gmail to encrypt your messages inside your mailbox, or get an encrypted email service for those even a tad more paranoid.

Cookies and Extensions/Plugins – Most websites you visit today will leave cookies to help track and individualize the experience for you on their website.  These cookies can be used to help relay interests and potential purchasing ideas to services and other websites. You can deny third-party cookies to help keep advertising suggestions down, but also make sure you look at your plugins or extensions that you have running on your browser.  You approve them access to all kinds of things when you install them. I keep little to no extensions running on any machine.

Incognito/Private Browsing – Most modern browsers have the ability to run in a private or Incognito mode. This will not store cookies or history, but your Internet Service Provide (ISP) will still have access to where you went and the websites will still see your public IP address that was used in the browsing.  Your IP address is how the Internet is able to route your information back to your individual computer/tablet/phone from across the country or globe. These IP addresses are geographically traceable and typically region specific. Keep this in mind when browsing, as you will always potentially be giving away a generalized location based on the IP you are using.

VPN – Virtual Private Networks or VPNs help alleviate the above mentioned concern of public IP addresses.  VPNs create an encrypted tunnel between you and the VPN provider/server. This will help, based on the service you are using, to anonymize your browsing as the traffic is electronically rerouted geographically.  Many people use these to be able to see content from one country while visiting another country on streaming video services. They cost money, but those that use them weigh the cost of privacy to be worth the expense.  There are many options available, check some of them out here.

Where you choose to connect – Where you choose to connect can be as important as what device yo uare connecting from. While discussing this with KiddoDL, another ABDL, I impressed the importance of this upon him as the device he was using and the network he was on were both trackable and able to be sourced back to him if the people owning those devices and networks ever wanted to find out. While VPNs are a great option, they are not always allowed (KiddoDL’s example being one of them). Be very, very careful connecting to devices that can be traced back to you (company laptops, mobile devices, tablets and networks that a company controls/monitors). I would recommend using networks that you control on seperate devices, but be aware that your ISP/mobile carrier can also track your browsing. While most of this traffic is sold an anonymized, some can be held and would be able to be pointed back to the owner of the service.

Protection for your littles – I wanted to include a small plug for a tool that you can use in your home to help protect your own littles (and even yourself) while online.  OpenDNS provide filtering based on Domain Name Server requests. DNS is the service that translates the websites you type into your browsers into IP addresses which are then routed across the Internet.  Open DNS uses their own Domain Name Servers to filter content. There are free versions for the home, and paid services to provide more options for those that need it. We have it running in our house, as one tool in the tool belt we use to keep our family safe online.

Bottom line, no one method is failsafe. You are posing to public places using various mediums and devices. Think before you post, and be careful where and how you do connect! Stay safe, and protect those littles!

Sources: Panda Security | Securing Tomorrow | OpenDNS | TechRadar

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