How Safe are “uOnline”? UCC to Run Seminar on Online Identity & Reputation for All Aboard 2017

University College Cork (UCC) will run a free seminar “uOnline” on Thursday 6 April covering online reputation, security, behaviour and safety online as part of All Aboard 2017, a week of national events that will run from 3-7 April to build confidence in our digital skills for learning.

In the lead-up to next month’s seminar, UCC have released a short guide on how to manage your Online Identity and Reputation. Here are tips you may want to consider next time you are online:

* Do a search for your name online. If you find something you don’t like, you can often contact the website owner and ask for them to change the information.

* Consider multiple online personalities. It’s often a good idea to keep your work online profile different to your personal social media profile.

* If you post to a social media platform, check who then owns that picture or text. Facebook for example reserves the right to use everything you post anyway it sees fit.

* If you are using social media, check your privacy settings. The default setting is often for whatever you post to be seen by everyone but you can restrict it to friends.

* Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t feel comfortable saying to someone in person. Comments you later regret will linger on the Internet.

* Consider what you search for online. Use a search engine that doesn’t track your searches if possible, such as duckduckgo.

* Don’t share any intimate pictures online or through an app unless you’re happy that the world may eventually see them.

* Don’t act illegally on the Internet. If a certain product can’t be bought because it’s illegal in Ireland, then buying it online is also illegal.

* Don’t give out personal details to anyone you meet online.

Apart from your online reputation, you might also remember some pointers about security online.

* Don’t open attachments in emails from people you don’t know; this is the number one way viruses infect people’s technology.

* Don’t use the same passwords for different accounts.

* Use strong passwords with a mixtures of letters, numbers and cases.

* Use two-step verification where possible. This means when you log on to something like an email account, you will be sent a separate code to your phone for you to input.

* If you’re using a portable device in public, don’t leave it lying around without password protection enabled.

* If using public computers such as in a library or school, make sure you log out of your mail, social media accounts after you’re finished.

* Limit use of public wifi hubs, or at least be cautious in what you do if using them.

To book a place for “uOnline” email: moya.revins@ucc.ie or to access further details visit www.allaboard2017.ie/events. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

University College Cork is one of 16 higher education institutions partnering with the National Forum for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education for All Aboard 2017.

Any organisation/school with an interest in digital skills can participate in All Aboard 2017 by:

  1. Running an in-class activity, event or community initiative during 3-7 April next

  2. Making use of free posters and flyers for your event from the free online toolkit @ www.allaboard2017.ie.

  3. Telling All Aboard 2017 about your event by sending a picture of it.

  4. Claiming your All Aboard 2017 Digital Badge.