Be eSmart and protect your online reputation


How safe are you online? No doubt you took steps to stop your iPhone from being hacked, avoid getting a virus and keep your password safe (because you read all our Library Blog posts, right?).

But what about on social media? If you are using social media sites, such as Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat, your reputation and identity could be at risk. And we aren’t just talking about naked selfies on Snapchat…

Everything you do and say online can be permanent and is a reflection of you and your reputation. Once something goes online, you have very little chance of deleting it; content can be copied, forwarded, posted elsewhere, saved or cached.

To celebrate National eSmart Week (5 – 9 September), we’re sharing 10 tips for protecting your reputation online (taken from ThinkUKnow):

  • Make sure your profile is set to private
  • Only accept friend requests from people you know and trust and learn to block offensive users
  • Regularly search for yourself online
  • Report fake profiles
  • Do not join offensive online groups or ‘like’ offensive online content
  • Do not post inappropriate content online
  • Delete unused accounts
  • Turn off your Bluetooth when not in use and change the name of your device
  • Disable geotagging on your mobile device
  • Do not take, accept or forward nude images of someone under the age of 18

National eSmart Week, an initiative of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, aims to improve cyber safety and reduce cyber bullying.