Social Networking

Privacy Tips for 2015

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  I think this graphic really speaks for itself. We will be posting tips like this throughout the month of February as part of the Data Privacy Month initiative.  For now, what do you think of the tips in the graphic below?  What would you add as your Top Privacy Tips for 2015?

Privacy Tips for 2015
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Photo credit–Security Office at the University of Arizona. Click on the graphic for more social networking privacy & data security tips from our peers in Arizona.

During this last week of Data Privacy Month (can you believe that January is almost over???), we are focusing on social networking.  Websites and Apps such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others have become an integral part of the social and professional lives of many of us.  It is easy to connect with friends and colleagues, and to network and find new opportunities.  It is important to remember, however, that creating an online presence can create a reputation, for the positive or the negative.  It can also lead companies and advertisers to know your buying history, or identity thieves to figure out your passwords, credit card data and other sensitive information.

Here are some things to consider when engaging in social networking and sharing information about yourself online:

  • Think about what you share online on a typical day.  Do you really know what you are sharing and with whom?  Do you know how others might be using your information or collecting data about you?  (On that note, check out this article in this month’s Travel + Leisure Magazine!)
  • Once posted, always posted:   Assume that what you post (or what others post about you!) is permanent.  Think twice before posting pictures you wouldn’t want your parents or grandparents to see!
  • Protect your reputation on social networks.  Would you want a future employer to see that picture or know what you posted to a website?  Many employers and job recruiters run searches of applicants and future employees on search engines and social networking websites.  Take charge of your overall online reputation.
  • Know and manage your online “Friends.”  Be cautious of accepting a ”friend request” from people that you do not know.  Be wary of folks who may post photos or information about you that you might not want posted.
  • Be sure to review and update your privacy settings on a regular basis.  Social networking sites are known to change their privacy settings, privacy practices and terms of use, so keep up to date on what those networks are doing with data, and what your privacy options are.
  • Be cautious about clicking on ads on social networking sites and links posted by friends.  Many companies use social network advertising for data tracking and behavioral targeting.
  • More information about keeping a clean presence online while social networking can be found at


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This just in…

In honor of Data Privacy Day 2013, Matt Ivester’s digital citizenship book, lol…OMG!, is available to download (for Kindle) for FREE on Amazon between January 25-29. Ivester is an interesting guy, and comes at this stuff from a unique perspective.

Here’s  some more info about the book and the author.

(P.S., It is the High School edition that is free this go around.  Last year they offered the original book, aimed at the college-aged population.  I’m guessing its a good read either way!)