Privacy & Safety

UNH Students in class

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. 

Protect Your Credentials: Social media platforms differ in how 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 then access other accounts. Use different passwords, including a strong password. 

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.

Was your account hacked? 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 internet-based accounts. If you think any UNH-related social media account has been hacked, just as with any security breach, contact UNH IT at (603) 862-4242 immediately. Change all your UNH passwords immediately.

Data & Society Research Institute: Best Practices for Conducting Risky Research and Protecting Yourself from Online Harassment This document is a set of best practices for researchers – especially junior researchers – who wish to engage in research that may make them susceptible to online harassment. We provide recommendations for academic institutions, supervisors, and individuals, including cyber-security guidelines and links to other resources.

Data & Society Research Institute: Online Harassment Information Sheet for Universities.

The Academic Technology walk-in support center, located in Dimond Library, is available to help faculty, staff and students with connecting personal devices to EDUROAM, a secure WiFi network. They can also assist with Malware and virus removal and protection, downloading academic software applications, Wildcat email set-up on mobile devices, printing, and more. Here you will also find Information Security Resources for Employees

Creating a respectful and welcoming environment for all Wildcats to learn, work, live, and interact is a priority at UNH. Bias incidents may involve conduct that doesn't violate a law or university policy. If you feel you may have experienced bias and need to discuss the incident, please call (603) 862-2930 or fill out an incident report form here.

Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities
The Student Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities (SRRR) is a central document with student policies and our code of conduct. Here, you’ll find the SRRR as well as our COVID-19 Community Pledge and Public Health and Safety Guidelines

USNH Privacy Policy: University of New Hampshire Privacy Policies 

Some friends are not forever: What you thought was a playful comment when you posted it can quickly turn 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. Our advice? Never post anything you wouldn't want to see on the front page of a newspaper.

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.