Protecting Yourself on Social Network Sites

Social media continues to blur lines between our personal and professional lives, your online activities say a lot about your identity and can provide cyber criminals the information they need to compromise your privacy.

The Internet is permanent.

Assume once you post on a site, it will be there forever.  Even if you delete the account, you don’t know if someone printed, copied, or saved your text or photos.

Be selective when accepting requests.

Only “friend” or “link” to people you know in the real world. 

Be aware of possible links from one social network to another.

For example, a picture you post to Twitter may automatically post to your Linked In or Facebook profile.

Keep Personal Information, Personal.

Be suspicious of anyone asking for your personal information online and never share your home address, social security number, or other personally identifiable information.

Be careful when clicking on links (even from friends)

Hackers prey on social networks because you are more likely to click on something from your friends. 

If it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

Be wary of emails and websites that promise incredible deals and monetary windfalls. You may end up giving your financial information to fraudsters or downloading malicious software by clicking on a tempting link.

Periodically review your online presence – Personal Brand

Review your social profile and clean up any embarrassing albums or posts.  Poor judgment online can affect your current and future jobs – information they find about you on the internet can influence an employer’s decision to hire – they want to know whether your application is consistent with how your present yourself online. When in doubt, delete.