Getting lost in the Tumblr-verse can often feel like you’re in your own little pocket of the internet. Unfortunately, the site is not exempt from typical online security concerns. It has been breached in the past, and like any other platform, it carries inherent safety risks.
Details surfacing about the Facebook Cambridge Analytica breach have once again brought questions about internet account security to the forefront. Some are seizing on the moment and opting to delete their social media accounts. But others find that continuing to use their various favorite sites carries benefits worth the associated risks.
For those who are continuing to traverse the Tumblr waters, there are some steps you can take to increase account protection. Below, check out some of our tips.
Create A Unique Password
You’ll find this at the top of all of our security guides, but it bears repeating. It’s vital to use unique passwords for each of your online accounts. Of course it’s easier to remember one across the board, but that increases your susceptibility to breach. If a hacker accesses the password for one of your sites, then all accounts that use that same password are at risk.
Create a password for Tumblr — one that you’ve never used at another site and won’t use again — for new accounts. Tumblr specifically recommends using a long password with more than 12 characters.
Activate Two-Factor Authentication
The second step of log-in protection is enabling two-factor authentication. This adds a second layer of security before you gain access into your account. After you type your password, you’ll be sent an SMS code you must enter into the site before completing the login process.
To use two-factor authentication for Tumblr, click “Settings” and then head to the Security Section. You’ll see the option to toggle on Two-Factor Authentication. Do so, and follow the prompted steps.
Use Account Email Notifications
In the same security section, you have the option to toggle on email notifications when changes are made to account settings. This is a great security tool: if you receive an email about password updates or logins that you didn’t authorize, you can take appropriate measures to have the breach investigated.
Don’t Connect To Third Party Apps
Tumblr users have the option to connect their account to other third-party apps. These have different security protocols than Tumblr itself. To stay the risk-free, avoid these types of connections.
Adjust Blog Visibility
You can also take a series of steps to adjust the privacy settings of your blog and yourself as a user.
First, you can prevent others from seeing that you’re active on Tumblr. To do this, open Settings, head to Privacy, and toggle that option to off.
You can also prevent others from finding you via your email. Head to Settings, where you’ll see your email listed. Right below, there’s an option to untoggle permission for others to find you through it.
After that, you can adjust specific blog visibility settings. Head to Settings, then click the blog in question on your right. Scroll down to the visibility section. There you can toggle options to hide your blog from the extra-Tumblr web, and hide it from search results both within and outside Tumblr, if you so desire.
Try Private Posts
To incorporate personal uses into your Tumblr experience, you can try out private posts. Private posts are only seen by you. The option to post privately is available in the posting menu.
Try A Password Protected Blog
Tumblr gives users the option to password protect any secondary blogs (additional blogs besides your first one created upon registration). Password-protected blogs can only be viewed by people with the specific chosen password. This can be a private way to share content with a select group of people. To password protect a secondary blog, head to Settings and then select the appropriate blog. Scroll through settings until you find the option to “password protect this blog.” (We still wouldn’t share anything too private or volatile here, though.)
Log Out After Each Session
You may be in the habit of using Tumblr on public computers like at school, work or the library. Always make sure to log out at the end of each session to prevent unauthorized access to your account.