Blog Series Part 2: Stay Safe on Social Media

2nd June 2017 Crista Renouard News No comments

For the next 4 weeks, we’re doing a 4 part blog series to dig into the practical steps anybody can take to promote Cyber Security. You can view Part 1: Cyber Security at Work here

Part 2: Stay Safe on Social Media

Last week we gave you some tips for basic computer use and document security as part of our 4-part series on Cyber Security. This week, we'd like to focus on tips to help keep you stay safe on social media. Though this series focuses on a work environment, it is essential that you apply similar rules when browsing the internet at work or for personal use.

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Social Media Tips

  • Never use your full name or date of birth in usernames
  • Ensure privacy settings on all social media channels are set to private
  • Always log out of websites
  • Never publish any personal information in either your profile or your posts i.e. phone numbers, home, workplace or school, your address or birthday
  • Be mindful of what story an image tells - make sure it doesn’t give away any personal details or location information
  • Never ‘check-in’ at home or on holiday (if you check-in on holiday it can invalidate your home insurance policy)
  • Be mindful that content shared can be accessed by anyone anywhere in the world
  • Be mindful that what you post can last forever
  • Limit details about work history
  • Know how to block unfriendly followers
  • Delete your old accounts

Work Tip: Know your Employer Boundaries or Acceptable Use Policies

Increasing numbers of people are losing their jobs as a result of their social networking activities. This can easily be avoided when employees review what policies their employer has in place. This may affect what can be shared in terms of writing and or pictures, in order to protect the individual’s reputation and prevent data loss or loss of intellectual property.

Stay tuned for next week's topic: Part 3 Securing your Smartphone, or start from the beginning with Part 1: Cyber Security at Work

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