How do I protect myself when using Social Media?

How do I protect myself when using Social Media?

Aimed at:  Edinburgh Napier’s staff & students


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


  • Install the free anti-virus software.
  • 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.
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