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Social Networking Issues

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Slide presentation from the St. Clair County Community College February 17, 2009

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Social Networking Issues

  1. 1. Let’s Hang Out on the Web: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Online Social Networks
  2. 2. Our Agenda <ul><li>What is Social Networking? </li></ul><ul><li>Find Your Site </li></ul><ul><li>Dos and Don’ts of Social Networking </li></ul><ul><li>10 Ways to Stay Safe in an Online Social Network </li></ul><ul><li>The Good, The Bad and The Ugly </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Social Networking <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits to Business, Professional and Personal areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating new business opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding job opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reconnecting and connecting with friends and colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connecting with others with similar interests </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Sites to Consider <ul><li>Linked In ( www.linkedin.com ) – General best for Professional Networking. </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook ( www.facebook.com ) – Very popular (…and being taken over by boomers): General. </li></ul><ul><li>My Space ( www.myspace.com ): General. </li></ul><ul><li>Hi5 ( http://hi5.com/ ): General. Popular in Angola, Portugal, Cyprus, Romania, Thailand, Central Africa and Latin America. </li></ul><ul><li>Tagged ( http://www.tagged.com/ ): General </li></ul><ul><li>Academia.edu ( http://www.academia.edu/ ) – Academic Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Classmates ( www.classmates.com ): School, college, work and the military </li></ul><ul><li>Reunion ( www.reunion.com ): School, college, work and the military </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter ( www.twitter.com ): Micro-blogging, RSS, updates </li></ul><ul><li>Tribe.net ( www.tribe.net ): General* </li></ul><ul><li>….and more . ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites ) </li></ul>
  5. 5. 10 Ways to Stay Safe <ul><li>Monitor suspicious activity/links </li></ul><ul><li>Remove friends as appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your wall clean (those like facebook and myspace) </li></ul><ul><li>If the site has a chat feature, turn it off </li></ul><ul><li>Change your password often </li></ul>
  6. 6. 10 Ways to Stay Safe <ul><li>Never share your password </li></ul><ul><li>Hide your year of birth </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your information private </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust your privacy settings </li></ul><ul><li>Protect your mobile devices </li></ul>
  7. 7. Keeping Our Kids Safe <ul><li>Ask the following questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who Can See Your Child’s Profile Information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who Can See Your Child’s Photos? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who Can See Your Child’s Personal Information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who Can Find Your Child’s Profile? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How Can People Contact Your Child? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. A few added layers… <ul><li>Secure Passwords: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make it difficult to figure out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t place it on a note on the back of your keyboard or in your desk drawer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A good password is: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>8 characters long </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Has no personal information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Does not use real words </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mixes upper and lower case characters and numbers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Something you change regularly (every 30 to 60 days) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Firewalls </li></ul><ul><li>Virus Protection </li></ul><ul><li>Browser Updates </li></ul><ul><li>Operating System Updates </li></ul><ul><li>Application Software Updates </li></ul><ul><li>Run your anti-virus scan and other security software regularly (weekly or more) to catch the bad things before they make your computer “sick” or lose your identity. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Question anything odd… <ul><li>Scams: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Phishing is where the perpetrator sends out legitimate-looking emails appearing to come from a your bank, government, paypal, BestBuy, IRS, etc. in an effort to get you to give them your personal and financial information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pharming is another scam where they get you to go to a website that looks like the real deal but isn’t, they then trick you into entering your information with the goal of stealing your identity and financial information. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social engineering…the bad stuff. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Dos and Don’ts – In General <ul><li>Do update your profile regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Do join groups...selectively </li></ul><ul><li>Do go on the offensive </li></ul><ul><li>Don't badmouth your current or previous employer </li></ul><ul><li>Don't mention your job search if you're still employed </li></ul><ul><li>Don't forget others can see your friends </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t post pictures of your partying </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t post pictures of you in you birthday suit </li></ul>
  11. 11. … Most of all, have fun! <ul><li>Social Networking is for everyone. </li></ul><ul><li>According to Time Magazine, Facebook is quickly becoming the place for middle-aged old fogies (yep, I R 1, 2) – Baby Boomers and Millenials – to connect. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Questions.
  13. 13. Contact Information <ul><li>Richard G. Bush, Ph. D. </li></ul><ul><li>Lawrence Technological University </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>248-204-3078 </li></ul>

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