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How to Keep Your Diary Private

If you keep a diary, you’re likely to want your private thoughts to remain private.


  • Step 1: Lock it up Lock the diary to keep prying eyes at bay. Some diaries come with locks, but these are fairly easy to break. For extra protection, keep your diary behind a locked door or in a locked box or safe.
  • Step 2: Disguise it Disguise your diary so that prying eyes mistake it for something else. Hollow-out a dictionary and tuck it inside, or remove the cover from an old book and have it rebound with your journal pages inside.
  • Step 3: Plant a decoy Plant a decoy diary. Write in the decoy to make it seem like your real diary, but don’t put your secrets in it.
  • Step 4: Choose privacy settings Apply privacy settings if you keep your diary online. You can choose to make the entire site private, or only certain posts.
  • Step 5: Protect it Password-protect both your computer and your journal files if your diary is electronic.
  • TIP: Make sure your password is easy for you to remember but hard for someone else to guess.
  • Step 6: Rename it Disguise your electronic diary file. Instead of naming it "diary" or "journal," label it something that no one else would be interested in peeking at.
  • Step 7: Keep it in code Keep your diary in code or shorthand so that, even if someone finds it, they won’t understand it. Use code for sensitive material and plain language for the rest.
  • FACT: The earliest known journal kept in the English language dates back to 1442.

You Will Need

  • Locked door or safe
  • Dictionary
  • Old book or book cover
  • Decoy diary
  • Enabled privacy settings
  • Passwords
  • Fake file names
  • Secret code or language

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