- For each site that you use; you will need to visit the Privacy Settings page(s) and decide how visible you want to be. This can be a complicated process, but it is often better to be overly cautious with regards to your personal privacy.
- Periodically review the privacy policies/settings of those sites you use.
- You may want to consider using multiple profiles on some sites – creating separate profiles for your personal and professional lives. Your professional profile may be set as being more open and visible than your private one and can be used exclusively for your academic content, comment and communication.
- The connected nature of the internet means that it is possible to harvest an enormous number of trivial facts about an individual that can then be built up into a full profile and used for fraudulent means such as identity theft. Never publish personal details (your own or those of others) on social networking sites. This may include, but is not limited to, date of birth, phone numbers, financial details, home address, mother’s maiden name, etc.
- Carefully consider how you conduct your online relationships with students, customers and other stakeholders. How can these compromise your safety and/or identity?
- Use caution in your use of geo-tagging services. Revealing your current location may inform the world that your home or office are presently unoccupied.
- Do not use your university login credentials as your username and password for social networking or any other sites - a security breach at another site could allow someone to access your university account.
- If you would not do it offline – do not do it online. This may include arranging to meet strangers in an unknown or remote location or offering to phone someone outside of the working environment.
You should also review your passwords, ways of working online and your understanding of phishing - available from our Cyber Security page.