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Social Networking Safety Tips

Know the risks of sharing information on social networks.

For any site you use, review the website’s safety notifications, standards, and learn how to report violating content. Most often it will be disclosed at the registration phase. Otherwise, might be noted at the bottom of the site. This information will educate users about the function of their website in regard to Internet safety.

Understand that people are not who they claim they are. You wouldn’t reveal your personal details to just anyone, would you? Don’t post it on your profile unless you want everyone (including bad people) to see it. Don’t agree to meet anyone online unless you specifically know that person.

If you wish to meet someone, do it safely. This discretion can be a difficult one to judge, but if you do choose to meet someone online, make sure you’re in a safe location. It is suggested to meet them in a large mall mainly because: its public, indoors, safe and provides either of you the option of running errands if you wish to not meet. Bring a friend with you just to be safe and have a good time.

Be careful, social networking is a double-edged sword. It’s okay to have fun and connect with other people on social networks, but just be alert to the fact that criminals may prey on others. Take precautions to prevent possible negative outcomes.

Set your profile to “Private to screen outsiders. Most social networks will permit you to set your profile private to prevent outside individuals from viewing your profile. This enables you to reach out to others who you are friends with, but exclude incoming profile requests.

Maintain your computer’s defenses. As a general precaution, it’s important to make sure you have an updated anti-virus, firewall, anti-spyware and operating system updates. It’s been noted previously, some advertisements contain malicious code and can infect your computer system. 

Consider using a fake name or alias. There is no need to use your real name on social networks.

Don’t get phished. Phishing is a common tactic of spammers to compromise some else’s account and send messages purporting their products. Take a moment to understand how to properly log-in to the social network. Don’t click links you didn’t ask for or expect. If a link prompts you to log in again its most likely a phishing scam.

If you become alarmed or suspicious about any unusual activity or have information regarding an incident, call the Department of Public Safety and Transportation for assistance at 516.877.3511 (off campus) or dial “5” from any campus phone.
 

For further information, please contact:

Public Safety and Transportation
Levermore Hall, Suite 113
p – 516.877.3500 or dial "5" from any on-campus phone

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