Social media security should be an important part of your plans; if your security is compromised this could lead to serious credibility and reputational issues that you and the University may have to deal with after.
As a starting point, we recommend that you always limit the number of people who have direct access to your accounts.
However, there are other ways you can keep your accounts secure:
- Create strong, unique passwords
- Implement two-factor authentication (2FA) on your accounts
- Keep track of who has access to your accounts
- Change your passwords when someone who has access to your social channels leaves the team
For more guidance on online security, see Information Security’s guidance on staying safe online.
Personal security on social media
Be mindful of what you share across different social platforms. Trolls may search your name on several platforms and find information that you may not want the wider public to be aware of.
In addition to using strong passwords and multi-factor authentication, please consider removing and avoiding personal details or any potential 'doxxing' information, or personal information that could be published online against your will:
- Turn off the option to share your location when you post (including on ‘non- work’ platforms such as fitness or dating apps).
- Avoid sharing pictures of your family and loved ones.
- In your social media bio, if you want to include a location, we suggest putting ‘Oxford’ so it’s not a definitive location. We strongly recommend you do not share the address of your department.
- If you share pictures of your home or office, be mindful of what can be identified. Can people identify a door number, the road you live or work on, or the car you drive?