Privacy & Safety

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Social media is everywhere. It keeps you in touch with your classmates, family and friends but it can be your worst enemy if not used safely. Take an active role in protecting your privacy.

Some friends are not forever: What you thought was a playful comment when you posted it can quickly be turned against you if one of your online friends stops being your friend. Be thoughtful about the comments and photos you publish - they are forever. What you post on one social media site could show up on other sites or accounts without any action or control on your part. Never post anything you would not want to see on the front page of a newspaper and learn about the security features of the social media you're using.

Protect your credentials: Social media platforms differ in how well they protect your password and sensitive information. If you use the same password for all services, a hacker can guess it on the least protected system and can then access other accounts. Use different passwords, including a strong password and protect them. 

Look out for identity theft: The internet allows people to create false identities, fake accounts, and misrepresent other individuals’ thoughts and opinions. People can pretend to be someone else (even you!) and solicit information or communicate with others. Be sure you know with whom you're communicating with on the Internet. Verify their identity, and if you're not sure call them or ask in person to confirm.

Not all web links are safe: Information published on social media sites is not always vetted or verified. You can never be sure published links and attachments are legitimate or safe. There are situations where a friend may post something they're not aware of being malicious. Do not click on links or open attachments that you cannot verify as being legitimate or safe.

Recognize if your account was hacked and take action: Hacked or defrauded accounts typically post links or information you did not create or show login sessions and other activity you cannot explain. If you think your personal account was hacked, contact the social media platform's support center immediately. Change your passwords on all your other internet-based accounts. If you think any UNH-related social media account has been hacked, just as with any security breach, contact the UNH IT Service Desk at (603) 862-4242 immediately, and also contact the service provider. Change all your UNH passwords immediately.

Reporting inappropriate content or abusive behavior

Unfortunately, online harassment and bullying has become common in our digital lives. Those that like to intimidate or harass are also known as trolls. We recommend the following actions when dealing with trolls or any unwanted attention: 

IGNORE.  Refuse to engage.

BLOCK.  Block or mute obnoxious and harassing accounts.

REPORT.  Learn more about the social media platform’s policies and report harassing behavior by clicking the appropriate button below.