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Social Safety: Beyond the Bio

Social media is an exciting place to exchange memories, exciting updates and promotions. However, it can also be a breeding ground for data breaches or hackers. 1N is here to help you navigate the exciting yet confusing world of social media. Learn how to exchange information the safe way.

The Dos and Don’ts of Social Media


Interact with people you know personally.
Report suspicious activity.
Utilize multi-factor authentication password set up.
Keep your social media account on private mode.

Do Not

Message people you do not know or trust.
Post private/personal information in the form of a post or comment.
Log into your social media through third-party accounts.
Click on unknown links sent by an unknown sender.

Social Media FAQs

Q: What do I do if receive a direct message(DM) from a suspicious or unknown sender?

A: Most importantly, do not click on any links from the sender. Block the sender, report the sender, and delete the message.

Q: How do I know if my social media has been hacked?

A: You are logged out of your account and you cannot log back in, your account is liking posts, commenting on posts, messaging users, and following/unfollowing users without any action taken by you.

Q: How do I report suspicious social media activity?

A: To report a post: click on the three dots in the right corner of a post and click “report post”. To report a profile: click on the individual’s profile, click the three dots in the right-hand corner, click “report” or “report profile”.

Q: What are the safest privacy settings?

A: Unless you are a business, it is important to keep your social media profiles in private mode. If you are private or not, it is also necessary to set up Two-Factor Authentication.

Q: What information should I NOT post?

A: Passwords, personal address, license information, passport information, social security number, bank account information, current whereabouts, and place of work (unless on LinkedIn).

Q: What do I do if I’ve been hacked?

A: Report the account immediately and do not engage with the hacker through other accounts.

Q: How do I handle putting my social media account information into third party apps?

A: Unless it is for business purposes (example: using Hootsuite to post content to your account), do not log your social media information into third party accounts or apps.

Q: What are the signs of a scammer social media account?

A: Their messages include spelling errors or random links, the profile consists of minimal content/followers, posts appear to be screenshotted, or the account is a person you already follow.
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