Safer spring break

A recent article in The New York Times claimed that the ubiquity of social networking encourages college and high school spring breakers to limit their public displays of risky behaviors now that they know that everyone (including parents) could potentially watch them online.

We’ve written about how everything that gets posted online (by you or by someone else) can potentially be seen by college admissions officers, employers, health insurance providers, and others. Here are some safety tips to keep your spring break from ruining your future.

  • Don’t share more than you need to.
  • Think before you post pictures and video online, even if it’s on a site that’s restricted to friends only.
  • Don’t post anything online that you do not want made public.
  • Don’t broadcast vacation plans if it means leaving your house unoccupied and at risk of burglary.
  • Take a few minutes to adjust the privacy settings on your social networking site and any apps on your smart phone that share your location information.
  • Minimize details that identify you or your whereabouts.
  • Choose how private you want your profile or blog to be.
  • Monitor what others post about you.

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About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »