Social Media Security
While social media is now a part of our daily lives, real dangers exist. Among other things, social media can be a venue for cyber stalking and privacy breaches. UF wants you to be proactive and protect yourself online. Below are some tips to consider when using social media.
- Protect your identity by never sharing passwords and other account information, even with friends and family.
- Keep personal information private such as social security numbers, street addresses, phone numbers, class schedules, and financial information (bank account or credit card numbers).
- No one should accept friend requests, set-up meetings, or reply to messages from individuals with whom he or she is not familiar. Accepting friend requests from strangers may place you at risk. To avoid friending someone who might be impresonating a true friend, confirm friend requests using a different communication channel.
- Manage the privacy settings on Facebook. The default settings are typically not very private. See the Facebook resource, Controlling How you Share, and an article by LIndsey Burns, Facebook Settings.
- Utilize Friend Lists, by categorizing Facebook friends you can apply different privacy settings to each group, limiting access for those you don’t know well.
- Any material posted online or given to someone else becomes the property of the recipient. Information posted to the web should be considered public. If you would not post it to a campus bulletin board, you should not post it online.
- Report abuse or unwanted access to your information to network managers or authorities.
- Trust your own instincts if you are suspicious or feel uncomfortable when talking to someone.
If you see something suspicious or feel you are a victim of cyber stalking, contact Det. Amanda Spurlin with UPD at 273-3325.
For more information, visit:
- UF Social Media Guidelines provide information and references for social media use by UF employees.
- Facebook Privacy and Security Guide by Tom Eston
- EDUCAUSE Security Guide: Social Networking Security
- 10 New Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know. 12-15-2009. Nick O’Neill