You have the choice to restrict who can read your entries. You can make certain entries friends-only, so only your friends can read specific entries. You can create friends filters (http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=71) so that only certain friends on your list can read specific entries. You can even make entries of your choice private, so only you can read them.
The authentication is done with cookies. If you're logged in (http://www.blurty.com/login.bml) and you have access to see a certain post, it will show up with a special graphic to indicate its security level.
To assign a security level to an entry using the web, visit the "full update page" (http://www.blurty.com/update.bml?mode=full).
Below the area where you type your entry, there is a dropdown list which allows you to select the security level you want to assign that entry. You may choose from Public, Private, Friends, and Custom. At this time, there is no way to change the security level of your entire journal with one command, but this is under development.
The security levels operate as follows:
PUBLIC: May be read by anyone, logged in or not.
PRIVATE: May be read only by you. Note that when you are logged in, and view the friends pages of those who have named you a friend, your private entries will show up for you. This will happen if they have added you as a friend and you are logged in to your account, reading their friends page. Only you can see your private entry there, no one else can, but it displays for you because you have access to read that post. This level of security is completely private and is secure as long as you keep your account secure.
FRIENDS: Only people whom you've added to your friends list and are also logged in may view a "friends-only" entry. If someone lists you as a friend, they cannot see your friends-only entries unless you also list them as a friend. As with private entries, you will see all of your entries on the friends pages of people who list you, because you are authorised to, but they cannot see them if you do not also list that person.
CUSTOM: The Custom security feature allows you to post to only certain groups of people on your friends list. These groups are completely customizable, and can be further read about here : (http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=71).
Certain Blurty clients come with the Custom security feature already; below are instructions for accessing some of them:
-> Windows Client:
If you need to download the Visions client software, go to http://www.blurty.com/download/
1.) In the Security Level option, there is a drop-down menu with the options: Public, Private, Friends, and Custom. Select "Custom" in this drop-down menu.
2.) You will then be shown a list of the friend groups that you have created. Check the box next to the friend group you want the post to be visible to.
3.) Click OK. Your post will then be visible only to the friends listed in that group.
The friend group you select will still be available for selection when you make future posts. You can also create multiple custom friend lists.
-> Web Update Client:
In the drop down listing of security levels, on the bottom you should see "Custom". Choosing this option will make a set of checkboxes appear directly below the scroll box, one for each set of friend groups you have defined. When posting with the custom security, you are able to choose between one friend group, all of the currently defined friend groups, or any combination of friend groups in between.
NOTE: Any entries already on your journal must be edited one by one if you wish to change the security level for them. More information on editing can be found here: http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=20
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