Playing Safe with Social Media

Social Media is all about sharing, but is there such thing as too much sharing on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, LinkedIn, YouTube and others? The answer is an obvious “yes”, and USU IT wants to offer tips on how to stay safe on social media sites.


Remember that potential employers will often check you out online before they offer you a position at their organization. Use social media as a tool to brand yourself as a professional, responsible, likable individual they would want to hire.

Pay attention to any alerts about changes in the site's security and privacy options and policies.  Some of your information could become less private than you wanted.
Avoid blunders that could affect your safety or simply embarrass you in front of your friends with the following tips:

Safe Social Media Tips

Frequently update and customize security settings.

Be aware of what information, photos or posts you are sharing online.

Think before you post.
Only share things online you’d be willing to share in real life. Once information or photos are posted, they can be very difficult to remove.

Turn off location based apps.
Your friends may be interested in where you are, but so are potential robbers or thieves.

Turn off instant sharing on apps.
Be aware of the information this sends to others (i.e. Spotify, Twitter, etc.).

Avoid sharing personal information.
This includes your full birthday, address, phone number, when you leave your house, etc.

Show respect for other people’s content.

Don’t over-share.
Avoid posting about your love life, drug or alcohol use, your health condition or complaints and strong opinions. Not only is it annoying, but it could be losing your real-life friends or job or internship potentials.