Social Networking - Safety Tips

Dear Staff,

As the popularity of social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook,
Twitter, and LinkedIn grow,  so do the risks of using them. Hackers,
spammers, virus writers, identity thieves, and other criminals follow the
traffic.

Protect yourself and your privacy online by being…


…proactive:-

1) Understand the privacy policy for any social networking site you plan
to use.
2) Customize your privacy settings to restrict access to only certain
people; the default settings for some sites may allow anyone to see your
profile.
3) Limit the amount of personal information you post, especially
information that would make you vulnerable, such as your address or
information about your schedule or routine.
4) Be considerate when posting information, including photos, about your
friends.
5) Accept ‘friends’ on a social network selectively; identity thieves
create fake profiles in order to get information from you.
6) Protect your account with passwords that cannot easily be guessed.

…aware:-

1) You are personally responsible for the information that you post.Only
post information you are comfortable with anyone seeing. This includes
information and photos in your profile and in blogs and other forums.
2) Don't trust that a message is really from who it says it's from.
Hackers can break into accounts and send messages that look like they're
from your friends, but aren't. If you suspect a message is fraudulent,
don’t open it.
3) Don't believe everything you read online. People may post false or
misleading information. Take appropriate precautions and verify the
authenticity of any information before taking action. Treat links in
messages on these sites as you would links in email messages.
4) Be careful about installing extras on your site. Many social networking
sites allow you to download third-party applications that let you do more
with your personal page. Criminals sometimes use these applications to
steal your personal information.

…responsible:-

1) When at work, follow the Government of Uganda social media guidelines
regarding the use of social networking sites.
2) Never post business related information on social media - especially
photos or private information such as personal Identification
numbers(passport,employment numbers etc.)
3) Use and maintain anti-virus software. Updated antivirus software
recognizes most known viruses and protects your computer against them, so
you may be able to detect and remove the virus before it can do any
damage.Refer to the link below for university-wide security solution.

http://viruscheck.mak.ac.ug/

For further information please refer to the Government of Uganda social
media guidelines.

http://www.nita.go.ug/sites/default/files/publications/Government-of-Uganda-Social-Media-Guide.pdf