Social Media RoundupProtecting personal information onsocial media platforms
Social media users should always be aware of what personal informationthey’re sharing on social media platforms. Operation...
Introduction Social media is all about sharing information andinteracting. But what happens when you sharetoo much? Memb...
Social media privacy settings According to a Huffington Post article publishedlate 2012, 25 percent of users on Facebook ...
Oversharing The second line of defense in protectingyour personal information on social mediais you. Think about what you...
OPSEC Operations security (OPSEC) deals primarily with protecting critical and sensitiveinformation. Practicing good OPS...
Don’t let the enemy identify patterns The enemy is getting smarter andonline predators are getting moreeffective at conne...
Contact informationHave questions? Please feel free toreach out to us at the Online andSocial Media DivisionOFFICE OF THE ...
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Social Media Roundup - Protecting personal information on social media

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Social media users should always be aware of what personal information they're sharing on social media platforms. Operations security and protecting personal information should be the primary concerns when determining how to engage on social media. According to a Huffington Post article published late 2012 (http://tinyurl.com/cjzqjvw), 25 percent of users on Facebook don't bother with any kind of privacy control. This Social Media Roundup examines what information you should keep to yourself and what you can do to protect against social media predators.

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Social Media Roundup - Protecting personal information on social media

  1. 1. Social Media RoundupProtecting personal information onsocial media platforms
  2. 2. Social media users should always be aware of what personal informationthey’re sharing on social media platforms. Operations security and protectingpersonal information should be the primary concerns when determining howto engage on social media. This Social Media Roundup examines whatinformation you should keep to yourself and what you can do to protectagainst social media predators. Introduction Social media settings Oversharing OPSEC Don’t let the enemy identify patternsAgenda
  3. 3. Introduction Social media is all about sharing information andinteracting. But what happens when you sharetoo much? Members of the military and their loved onesneed to understand that online predators arewaiting for them to make mistakes and arealways looking for sensitive personal information. The smallest mistake on social media can lead tograve repercussions. Social media users need to do all they can tomake sure the settings on their social mediaplatforms protect their personal information. Theyalso need to avoid sharing information on socialmedia that can put themselves, their families, ortheir brothers and sisters in arms in harms way.
  4. 4. Social media privacy settings According to a Huffington Post article publishedlate 2012, 25 percent of users on Facebook dontbother with any kind of privacy control. When it comes to protecting your personalinformation on social media, understanding yourprivacy settings is key. All social media platforms allow users to adjusthow much information they share. It’s important to check your social media settingsevery few weeks. Facebook often changes itsinterface and this can affect your privacy settings. Twitter users have the option to make their accountprivate. Facebook allows users to not only blockspecific people from seeing content, but it allowsusers to control whether a direct link to theirtimeline is returned in search results when peoplesearch their name.For more about Facebook privacy, check out this link:http://www.facebook.com/help/privacyFor more about the Twitter privacy policy, checkout this link: https://twitter.com/privacy
  5. 5. Oversharing The second line of defense in protectingyour personal information on social mediais you. Think about what you share. Beforeyou hit Tweet, or before you post, thinkabout what you’re sharing. Nobody in yoursocial media circle needs to knoweverything about you – those closest to youalready know! Self-censorship is important when usingsocial media. Think about what people cansee in the photo you share, think aboutwhat you’re revealing about other peoplewhen you create a status update. Protect yourself at all times. If you’ve takenthe time adjust your privacy settings, makesure you don’t violate those privacy settingsby actively posting personal information.
  6. 6. OPSEC Operations security (OPSEC) deals primarily with protecting critical and sensitiveinformation. Practicing good OPSEC and protecting your personal information on social mediaplatforms go hand in hand. In addition to protecting your personal information, it is equally important to makesure that none of the information you share on social media platforms cancompromise unit mission and the safety of military personnel. This means do notpost dates, troop movements, etc.
  7. 7. Don’t let the enemy identify patterns The enemy is getting smarter andonline predators are getting moreeffective at connecting the dots. Something as simple as sharing aphoto of your child’s school, usingcheck ins, or sharing the route of yourdaily run can help the enemy identifypatterns in your personal andprofessional life. Social media predators can take piecesof personal information you share,combine them with minor OPSECspillages on your social mediapresences, and then paint a detailedanalysis of your vulnerabilities. Think before you post!
  8. 8. Contact informationHave questions? Please feel free toreach out to us at the Online andSocial Media DivisionOFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF PUBLIC AFFAIRSPENTAGON6/12/2013Email:Ocpa.osmd@us.army.milTo review and download past editions of theSocial Media Roundup, visit our Slideshare siteat: http://www.slideshare.net/usarmysocialmedia.All Social Media Roundups are authorized to bedistributed to a broader audience.
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