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Securing Your Social Media Accounts

Have your family, friends and community follow these tips from Stay Safe Online to safely enjoy social media.


What you need to know

Privacy and security settings exist for a reason

Learn about and use the privacy and security settings on social networks. They are there to help you control who sees what you post and manage your online experience in a positive way.  Manage your privacy settings


Once posted, always posted

Protect your reputation on social networks. What you post online stays online. Think twice before posting pictures. Recent research found that 70 percent of job recruiters rejected candidates based on information they found online.


Your online reputation can be a good thing

Recent research also found that recruiters respond to a strong, positive personal brand online. So show your smarts, thoughtfulness and mastery of the environment.


Keep personal info personal

Be cautious about how much personal information you provide on social networking sites. The more information you post, the easier it may be for a hacker or someone else to use that information to steal your identity, access your data or commit other crimes such as stalking.


Know and manage your friends

Social networks can be used for a variety of purposes. Some of the fun is creating a large pool of friends from many aspects of your life. That doesn’t mean all friends are created equal. Use tools to manage the information you share with friends in different groups or even have multiple online pages. If you’re trying to create a public persona as a blogger or expert, create an open profile or a “fan” page that encourages broad participation and limits personal information. Use your personal profile to keep your real friends (the ones you know and trust) up to date with your daily life.


Be honest if you’re uncomfortable

If a friend posts something about you that makes you uncomfortable or seems inappropriate, let them know. Likewise, stay open minded if a friend approaches you because something you’ve posted makes him or her uncomfortable. People have different tolerances for how much the world knows about them respect those differences.


Know what action to take

 If someone is harassing or threatening you, remove them from your friends list, block them and report them to the site administrator.

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