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Social Media and Security Clearances



Follow these eight simple tips to make social media use safer as a security cleared professional. Just a few simple steps can make all the difference in keeping your profiles, and you, safer.

Follow these eight simple tips to make social media use safer as a security cleared professional. Just a few simple steps can make all the difference in keeping your profiles, and you, safer.



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  • 1.
    • Social Media Tips for Security Cleared Professionals
  • 2.
    • It seems everyone is on social media. But as someone holding a security clearance (and with access to sensitive information) should you? What does using social media mean for your job prospects and what should you be aware of before you log in? Follow these tips for navigating social media safely.
  • 3.
      • Seems simple enough, huh? But you’d be surprised how many don’t. It’s not just a matter of vanity, you need to know what your friends, enemies and potential employers find out about you when they check you out on their favorite search engine.
    1. Google Yourself.
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    • 2. You don’t have to be on Facebook.
    • Really. You don’t. Social media isn’t for everyone and if you don’t feel comfortable sharing information online, don’t feel forced because “everyone is doing it.” If you’re not into networking online, you also probably won’t be willing to take the time to safeguard your profiles, stay up with changes and trends, and follow the necessary steps to keep your privacy settings updated.
  • 5.
    • 3. Know your settings.
    • Did you know you can block your tweets so only individuals you approve can see what you post? Facebook offers a variety of privacy settings, and you can even choose individually who can see your photos. Take the time to secure your profiles so you’re only sharing the information you choose.
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    • 4. Don’t post personal information.
    • It should go without saying – keep the year of your birth, your address, your work email and other similar information personal, and don’t display them, or use them to create, social media accounts.
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    • 5. Don’t overshare.
    • This isn’t just smart for security cleared professionals, we’d all save our friends a lot of groans if we refrained from sharing mundane, or scandalous details online. Oversharing isn’t just annoying, it highlights you as a potential data mining or spear phishing victim.
  • 8.
    • 6. Make sure your online friends are real friends.
    • Don’t trust the information or profile picture – individuals you connect with online may not necessarily be who they say they are.
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    • 7. Don’t talk about work.
    • Seems like a no-brainer if you work in intelligence, right? Be smart online, and don’t discuss the details of your job. The best way for security cleared professionals to use social media is to keep a distinction between the personal and professional.
  • 10.
    • 8. Use a dedicated, secure network to connect professionally.
    • Social media is a powerful tool in your job search or career networking tool-kit. But sharing the details of your resume, job, or clearance level on searchable, public websites is risky. That’s why the Cleared Network was created – it provides a secure, protected place to build your career network.
  • 11. To find your next cleared job visit www.clearancejobs.com Original article posted at http://www.clearancejobs.com/cleared-news/351/social-media-tips-for-security-cleared-professionals