Security and Access

Defining Security

Security can be defined at as the feeling of safety and the freedom from worry or concern. That one feels safe and protected. As a result, security online would mean that the various levels of user feels at ease using the site and that the information being transmitted and collected is safe.


Digital vs Physical Security

There are two kinds of security or controls, physical access controls and digital access controls. (Trites, 2006)

Physical Controls are what an enterprise would do to protect access to certain resources by restricting access to that physical space.  For instance servers in rooms with only key card access.

Digital controls take the form of passwords, biometrics and other forms of authentication for access.


Permissions and Access

In our previous post about Roles and Users there are 5 main categories of participants in a blog: Author, Contributor, Editor/Administrator, Followers/Readers and Power Users/Influencers.   Within the development of a blog only Authors, Contributors and Editor/Admins are able to access and see the operational or “back end” of a blog website. Depending upon the configuration of the permissions for these kinds of users there may be some limitations to each of these roles.

Contributor – In a contributor role, often times articles are written and “submitted for publication” but not published until viewed by the editor.  This ensures that the Editor remains in control of the content of the blog, and that certain quality levels are being maintained.  The Editor also has a tendency to have a better grasp of the tags and categories being used within the blog and can help aggregate the article posting with like material this way.

Author – An Author much like a contributor will be writing articles for the blog, however they may have full permission to post their article for the public with out needing to be vetted by an additional layer of an editor.

Editor/Administrator – In some configurations authors and contributors can only edit and revise the postings that they have made originally. An Editor or Administrator however would have access to review, revise and post all articles within the blog.  They also are often the architects for the navigation and would create or remove categories and tags are deemed appropriate.


Follower Access (Member vs Non-Member)

Also dependent up on the settings for the individual blog, it is possible to make it such that only members can view a full blog post and that non members would only see it’s summary or abstract. This helps encourage membership, from which you may develop a clearer view of the following and reader base, as well as be able to do push notification to followers each time there is a new article. Another model is similar to how several newspapers and magazines only provide full access immediately to members, and a few days later the rest of the community may view the content.



Trites, G., Boritz, J. E., & Pugsley, D. (2006). E-Business: A Canadian perspective for a networked world. Pearson Prentice Hall.


– Heather Farmer


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