It’s so easy to accidentally share a lot about yourself on social media that can be used by the wrong people. There are two things we encourage you to do right now:
- Remove your birthday, middle names and address information from your bio - this will help stop people posing as you and contacting family and friends because you’ve spent your student loan in your first week.
- Check your privacy settings and location tracking – after Facebook and Twitter got a grilling, this should be really easy to do in popular social media apps. You won’t be able to stop people seeing your profile and news feed if you join public groups like selling pages though, so decide if you’re comfortable with that.
We also recommend you take a minute to use filters to use stickers or blur out personal information in photos… Was your student number on the happy picture you’ve shared of your shiny new student ID card? Is your address on that cute letter from your family back home? Could someone work out your address from your photos and screen shots of from your running or exercise app?
Read our advice on keeping your passwords safe, using file encryption, and how to check if it's ok to open links or attachments.