Medium has emerged as a popular content-hosting platform featuring journalism, essays, fiction and personal blogging. But as with any other internet account that connects to your sensitive details and gives easy access to your writing to strangers all around the world, it does carry security risk.
As details of breach scandals continue to emerge, some users are choosing to leave their online accounts behind to lessen security risk. But for others, this isn’t a strong option. With Medium.com especially, many contributors may rely on the platform for professional opportunities or creative expression.
With that population in mind, we’ve assembled some tips on how to boost your overall Medium security. Read on for guidelines on strengthening passwords, restricting data, and limiting potential post interaction.
Use A Unique Password
This one’s at the top of all our security guides for good reason. Creating a strong, unique password that you’ve never used before and won’t repeat is a key first step to strengthening your account security. Of course it’s simpler to repeat one password across accounts, but this practice only makes hackers’ jobs easier. If they manage to get login info to any of your sites, they can then get into all others that repeat those credentials.
Always Log Out
It’s vital to log out of each and every session to best prevent unwarranted access to your account. With a site like Medium, which you may be posting on and interacting with from public computers at school, work, or the library, it’s especially important to make sure you terminate all sessions.
Luckily, if you’re not positive if you’ve done this in the past or have a future slip-up, Medium has a feature that allows you to disconnect from all secondary logged-in devices. To do this, click your photo icon and head to Settings. Scroll to Security. You’ll see the option to “Sign out of all other sessions.”
Disconnect From Social Media
Medium requires you to sign up through an existing account with either Google, Twitter or Facebook. You’ll have to assess which option makes most sense for you personally, but note that linked accounts can have intertwined security fates. If you end up choosing Google, you won’t have to link any other social media accounts. The platform still gives you the option to connect Twitter or Facebook accounts, but if you’re trying to limit vulnerability, simply opt out. Any external account linked to your Medium account means security issues with one can connect back to the other. When possible, keep your disparate online accounts separate.
If you do decide to sign up through Facebook, pay attention to the provided opportunity to prevent Medium from accessing your Friends list.
Report And Block Users
As a public-facing blogging platform, Medium carries a risk of harmful online interactions that can affect your ability to safely use the site. To try and quell this potential issue, you do have options to report and block certain users. A blocked account has very limited ability to interact with your profile. To block a user, first head to that person’s profile page. Click the down arrow beside the follow icon and choose to block the account. To report a user inappropriately interacting with your account, click the down arrow on their profile and select Report.
You also have another ability to limit access to your page with the hide responses feature. To hide a specific response, click the down arrow on the response itself and choose hide. You can also choose to hide multiple responses. To do this, select Manage Responses beneath the post in question.
As always, registering for any online account is a security burden that gives others’ access to sensitive details. If you do choose to take the risk, you have the option to use security measures available for increased protection.