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Stay Safe when using Social Media

Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Bebo, MySpace, Buzz, enable you to connect and communicate with others. 
Malicious users are attracted to Social Networking sites due to the volume and accessibility of personal information and the trusting environment that these sites can create.

The more information you post, the easier it is for a malicious user to steal your identity or take advantage of you.

In order to protect yourself you need to be extremely careful about what information you publish.

How to Protect Yourself

The following tips will help you to retain security and privacy while using social networking sites:

  • Install the free anti-virus software.
  • Follow the instructions on the Your Password page to create a secure password.
  • Use different passwords for different sites.
  • Configure privacy settings to allow only those people you trust to have access to the information you post.
  • Restrict the ability for others to post information to your page.
  • Use HTTPS to connect to your social networking sites whenever possible - be wary if your social networking service only uses HTTP for login credentials only.
  • Use a screen name (where possible) - don’t choose one that gives away too much personal information.
  • Organise contacts into categories (where possible) - separate friends and family from acquaintances.
  • Verify friend/follower requests – the source of most scams start by someone bluffing their way onto your friends list.
  • Verify links, attachments, downloads, emails, anything sent to you.
  • Read up on the security tips and instructions provided by the Social Network site itself.
  • Review a site’s privacy policy - if a site’s privacy policy is vague or does not properly protect your information avoid it.  



  • Disclose your password.
  • Enter more information than you have to - hackers, scammers, stalkers all use that information to build a user profile on you to use against you.
  • Advertise your current location if away from home – this is an invitation for thieves!  
  • Upload anything you wouldn't want everyone to see - assume that anything you put up will be revealed, whether through hack, leak, or privacy policy change.
  • Post information or comment about anything that could cause repercussions. Remember: once information is posted online, it can potentially be viewed by anyone and may not be retracted afterwards.  This includes:
    - Confidential University information
    - Personal information.
    - Photos or descriptions of illegal activities.
    - Material that might be considered pornographic.
    - Racist, sexist or offensive comments. | Edinburgh Napier Mobile App