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How to secure your Google account and Blogger blog?

As a part of contributions to NCSAM, I am writing this article down on what all should we be aware of with respect to Google's security aspect and how to make sure your blog stays yours forever.
What is NCSAM? It's National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is observed during the month of October every year in America.

However, we all know cyber security is a world topic and is not limited to just the USA. So let me give some tips with respect to keeping the Google account safe and Blogger blogs safe from hackers.

As I secure my account, I hope you people catch up too.

In this blog post, I am going to tell about the following,
Securing your Google account.Securing your Blogger blog. Securing your Google account Since Blogger is also part of your Google account, let's first see what all we need to do to keep our Google account safe. Don't share your password to anyone.Keep changing your password every 60 - 90 days.Make sure your password is strong enough. Have at leas…
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Blogger Language Confusions - Part 2

An interesting query from one of the Blogger user whose Navbar has a different language than expected.

We earlier discussed that, it's the blog owner's choice to show what language they wish to see in Blogger blog. Read below,

How to Blog?: Blogger Language Confusions
However there's one more small confusion right there. What if the blog you are visiting has the old theme which has Navbar on the top like below?


Could you see the "More" button near the search box in the Navbar? This button is in English while the blog is in a different language.

Now, how can that happen?

Here's the confusion. Navbar although incorporated inside a blog, it is a part of Google products and not the blog. To confirm this, I went ahead and changed my Google account language.

How did I do that?

Go to https://myaccount.google.comNavigate to Data & Personalisation > Scroll down to "General preferences for the web"Click on "Language"Click the Pencil icon near y…

Blogger in Draft says "Try the new Blogger!"

It's been long time that I wrote something here. Interestingly there seems to be a new update in Blogger in Draft (https://draft.blogger.com).

Blogger profile confusions

Since Google has closed it's social networking service called the Google+ for consumers, few products has some effect on it. One of them is our very own blogger.

We could see that update notification in our blogger dashboard as below,



Besides from the things gone as mentioned in Blogger's official blog post here -> An update on Google+ and Blogger, we have a confusion on profile that needs to be clarified. That is the reason why I am writing this down.

There are now two profiles,

Blogger profileGoogle profileBlogger profile - Where does this appear?
This appears in all of your blogs if you have your profile gadget added. You can see that on this blog in the top right, How do I update this profile? Go to blogger.comNavigate to Settings > User settingsClick Edit under Blogger in User profile sectionYou'll be navigated to https://www.blogger.com/edit-profile.g where you can edit your profile that appears on the blog.Google profile - Where does this appear?
This appears in…

Blogger description confusions

Blogger, like the language confusions have one more confusion with respect to Blog description. We have two descriptions setup in Blogger.

Blog display description.Blog search description.Display Description is the description that appears when you visit your blog in the header under your blog title. For example, you could see the description of my blog,

Meet a spammer

Let me start by a warning, This blogpost has nothing to do with howtoblog and is a story of a spammer.

Years ago we had to face a spammer in the forum(Probably during Pistachio?) who was very persistent. He was a link dropping spammer who kept sharing his blog URL under every reply in the forum and somewhere to his blogposts which merely had instructions from Blogger Help Centre.

It went as,
Thanks and Regards,
HIS NAME
HIS BLOG URL Probably it was so difficult for TCs to make him go away as I happened to see him for months, spamming in the forum and one fine day he disappeared and never returned.

I happened to find him and interview him which I am writing down here,

Blogger Language Confusions

In BHF, we recently had a great confusion on Blogger Platform language and Blogger Blog language. So I decided to go ahead and write in detail about it.

There are two important terms here to begin with,
Blogger PlatformBlogger BlogBlogger Platform is what you see when you go to https://www.blogger.com. The operating system that helps you write and manage your blogs on Blogger.