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Protecting Your Online Reputation/Privacy

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You should consider anything you post online to be public and permanent. Here are some practices to follow to protect your reputation and privacy:

  • Every so often, use a search engine like Google or Bing, and search your own name to see what information about you is available to the public.
  • Think before you post. If your parents, children, instructors, and current or future boss would cringe if they saw it - don't post it!
  • Keep your social and professional life separate. Think twice before friending a boss, colleague, or instructor on a social media site. Do not use your work or school email address as your personal email.
  • Use privacy settings. Consult with the settings of the help sections of the social media sites you use for instructions. Avoid location check-ins and posting where you are, in status updates.

Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your name, Social Security number, credit card number, or other personal information for financial or personal gain. For current online safety information, check out the Nationbal Cyber Security Alliance's  Here are some tips for protecting your identity online:

  • Use strong passwords with a combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Don't share your passwords or store them in an unsecure place.
  • Keep the devices you use secure. Log out of computers when you are done using them - especially computers in public labs. Lock your mobile devices and laptops with passcodes. Mobile wipe. Install and maintain current anti-virus and anti-malware software on all devices (computers, laptops, smartphones, etc)
  • Make sure online financial transactions are secure. Make sure you are using a secure Internet connection. When you are creating accounts or making an online transaction, check for the "https" in the web address.
  • Use a credit card instead of a debit card for online transactions. It is easier to dispute credit issues and protects your bank account.
  • Do not use public wifi to access secure accounts, especially financially related accounts.
  • Shred mail that contains account numbers, Social Security numbers, or other personal information. Do not keep account numbers and Social Security cards in your wallet or purse...keep them in a secure place.
  • If you are a victim of fraud or identity theft, see the Federal Trade Commission link for recommendations.

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