Cumbria Police offer advice about staying safe online

Cumbria Police are advising people to think before they post to social media, as part of a week-long cybercrime campaign.

There have been 152 reported crimes relating to Twitter and Facebook since 2011.

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Cumbria Police's tips for staying safe on social media

Cumbria Police are running a week long campaign against cyber bullying.

Some important questions that people can ask to keep themselves safewhile social networking are:

  • Who is your audience going to be?
  • Do you really know all your “friends”? - If not then consider your posts as being public.
  • Are your privacy settings locked down enough?
  • Do you understand who will be able to view your posts and profile?
  • Will strangers be learning more about your personal life that you would want them to?
  • Are you creating a security risk by tagging yourself in a location or posting pictures of your home or property?
  • Am I happy for this post to be recorded permanently? – Even when a post is removed from a site, copies of it may have been recorded and may be re-posted at any time.
  • Is my post acceptable or could it be interpreted as harassment, bullying or discriminatory in any way by another person?

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