A Wee Warning to Xanga Users

(I’ll be leaving this special “blue” post at the top of my blog for a few days to be sure everyone has a chance to read it.  Just scroll down for new posts!)   

      Xanga, like any other blog service or any other place on the Internet, can be a fun, great place.  It can also be dangerous.  With the new “points” system that Xanga has just introduced, lots of folks are commenting more (which is a good thing) and are doing more of the “friends” thing and subscribing to other Xanga blogs to earn points.  That’s all well and good.  Just be careful.

     Late this evening I had a new subscriber.  The same person also sent a “friends” invitation.  The subscriber links to a stock photography site, and let me tell you, a large percentage of the photographs are NOT family friendly.  I can’t report him to Xanga because the inappropriate material is not on his Xanga site, but on a web site he/she maintains.  I can only imagine that he/she has subscribed to my blog for the purpose of lifting photos.  From what little research I did, he/she is specifically selecting openly Christian blogs to subscribe too.  This person has been blocked from my blog, and I will need to keep a wary eye on things now for awhile.

     Let’s just be careful out there, okay?  This is just another way that we can be careful to look well to the ways of our households!!!!!  

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27 

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15 comments to A Wee Warning to Xanga Users

  • I’ve run across those sites as well. Like you say, all you can do is block them from your site, and warn other people away. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  • Thank you for posting this. We can always use a reminder to be careful of what we post.

    Unfortunately, I’m afraid blocking them isn’t actually going to “protect” our blogs. Unless a blog has a friends lock on it, anyone can view it. If a person is blocked, they merely have to create a new persona and then just view someone’s site.

    If a person is determined, they can take a copy of anyone’s photographs. It is not difficult to do. This is why I never post pictures of my children on my site. Who knows who can copy them and use them in who knows what sick way.

    Gina

  • A friend of mine warned me that when he clicked on the “Next Blog” on mine, it went directly to a porn site.

    I’ve heard other instances of this, especially at Christian blogs.

    On Blogger, you should never click on “Next Blog” (located at the top).

    Fortunately, my spam comments have all been from people trying to sell something. :rolleyes:

  • Thanks for the head’s up, Mama Cheryl.

    I have come across a couple of blogs that look like hackers, too.

    I would also like to remind folks to change their passwords occasionally, and make it a crazy jumbled one with letters and numbers.

    It is just too sad. Xanga always felt so much safer than some of the other sites, not meaning I kept my guard down by any means, but it just felt so comfy here. I guess Xanga is trying to comete with MySpace, etc. *SIGH*

    Hugs,
    T~

  • That is awful, thank you for the warning!

  • Thank you for the warning. :love: I’ll keep my eyes open for this.  I started my blog for my parents benefit.  Sharing photos of the grand children.  Then my sister in law started one so I could keep up with my nephew.  She posted a video of my nephew learning to go potty.  Cute beyond words for me, but I promptly emailed her and told her to take it off her blog so it wouldn’t be viewed by someone with wrong motives.  She hadn’t thought of that happening and took it off.  We have to be careful!  I’ve thought many times of locking my site down further.  I will have to pray about this some more.

    Jodi

  • Thank you Cheryl for passing this along!!  When I post pictures, I always click the “do not link” box and also I have encoded the no right click into my blog – do you have that code?  If not, I will be glad to give it to you.

    If this person has made his/her rounds, it might be wise to share their screen name so that we can keep our eyes open for them should they try to do the same to us as well.

    xoxoxoxo

    Cat

  • Thank you Cheryl for passing this along!!  When I post pictures, I always click the “do not link” box and also I have encoded the no right click into my blog – do you have that code?  If not, I will be glad to give it to you.

    If this person has made his/her rounds, it might be wise to share their screen name so that we can keep our eyes open for them should they try to do the same to us as well.

    xoxoxoxo

    Cat

  • I’m agreeing with Cat about the no right click code.  I have that on my blog as well.  If you would share the name with us, we can “preblock” them so that they can’t even visit our sites.   You could send out a message to all of your subscribers with the name of the person.  I know Corin has shared that type of information with me before as well.  🙂 

    Regina

  • PLEASE share the name with us. I put pictures of my children on my blog….is this safe? What is the no right click code? And the no link thing?

    Micah

  • Thanks for the warning Cheryl.
    Sad times eh?

  • Thanks so much for the warning. Really do appreciate so much.

  • Is it possible for you to do a short post on the right click thingy so no one can copy pictures from the blogs???? I have seen that people have it like that but was wondering on how to do it…..Thanks for keeping up updated!

    Kelly

  • i received that same friend invite! scary isn’t it? i don’t post pics anymore.

  • i received that same friend invite! scary isn’t it? i don’t post pics anymore.