Learn how to use social networks more safely.
- Social networking basics
- Who can access your social networking data?
- Who owns your social networking data)
- Choosing the right social networking lesson
Brenda and Isaac are going to a march and want to use Facebook to publicise the event. They are worried that the authorities could be tipped off and that anyone who shows an interest could be traced.
They plan to share photos and videos of the march without revealing people's identities, because they worry that participants could face persecution.
Social networking websites have greatly expanded the range of possible interactions, allowing you to share messages, pictures, files and even up-to-the-minute information about what you are doing and where you are.
These functions are not new or unique – any of these actions can also be performed via the internet without joining a social networking site.
Although these networks can be very useful, and promote social interaction both online and offline, when using them you may be making information available to people who want to abuse it.
If you work with sensitive information and topics, and are interested in using social networking services, it is important to be very aware of the privacy and security issues that they raise.
Human rights advocates are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of social networking sites and need to be extremely careful about the information they reveal about themselves AND about the people they work with.
Before you use any social networking site it is important to understand how they make you vulnerable, and take steps to protect yourself and the people you work with.
Social networking sites are owned by private businesses who make their money by collecting data about people and selling that data on, particularly to third party advertisers.
When you enter a social networking site, you are leaving the freedoms of the internet behind and are entering a network that is governed and ruled by the owners of the site.
Privacy settings are only meant to protect you from other members of the social network, but they do not shield your data from the owners of the service. This means that you are giving all your data over to the owners and trusting them with it.
Not sure where to start on controlling which people can see who you are connected to on social media?
- Choose the Controlling access to friends & contacts lesson
Don't know the right questions to ask to protect your personal details?
- Choose the Controlling access to your personal details
Using social media but don't want your conversations to be read by the site owners or others?
- Choose the Learning to chat securely
- en/topics/understand-4-digisec/0-getting-started/1-1-intro.md: Learn digital security basics
- en/topics/understand-3-opsec/0-getting-started/1-1-intro.md: Basics of security for your organisation.