Military OPSEC Tips: How to Make Your Blog Compliant

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Hey Military Spouse Bloggers— has your husband come home after receiving a OPSEC compliance briefing on your blog? Lol, we’ll both admit to being a bit nervous. I had no idea anybody was reading my blog for security reasons. I dabble in a lot of things— travel, food and wine, the military lifestyle, etc… But admit to being an expert in only one— me. And I blog about my experiences as a military spouse, wife, and mother. So what State secrets can I reveal? Turns out a whole lot. Protect what matters: Military OPSEC tips safeguard your safety, family, and sensitive information. Blog responsibly.

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How to Make Your Blog OPSEC Compliant
For the Military Spouse Blogger

I dabble in a lot of things but admit to being an expert in only one— me. And I blog about my experiences as a military spouse, wife, and mother. However many of my experiences are not that unique.

Set aside a moment that the military speaks a foreign language— called acronyms. PCS, PCS, UAB, CONUS, etc… The main acronym to be concerned with when blogging is called OPSEC. OPSEC is an acronym for operational security and it is a set of military protocols all military spouse’s who blog should be familiar with. Matter of fact, many of these protocols should not be limited to military spouses. They just make good, common sense.

Complying with OPSEC

OPSEC is operational security and basically, means make sure you don’t say anything that could jeopardize anyone’s safety— especially your own. So don’t share information about your military spouse’s job or movements. And when you travel, never share where you are until after you’ve left. Otherwise, blog about what you know.

OPSEC Compliant Tips

1. Never Use Last Names

Even though, it may be difficult to hide because of your social media presence. Avoid posting last names to include soldiers, co-workers or your grandma.

 

2. Never Post Birthdays, Arrivals, Departures, etc…

Not yours, your soldier’ or your grandmas. Use soon or next month instead. You share enough already, don’t make it too easy for identity thieves.

 

3. Never Post Authoritative Information

You should never post information your military spouse shares with you. It’s not fair and makes it hard to separate what you do and who you are. Don’t share information about troop movement, briefings or pictures that could contain sensitive information. If in doubt, just don’t post it.

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