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Students at UVU and around the world are faced with the difficulty of deciding what belongs online and how to control private data.


In recent years, the Internet has become a public place, much like a school, a store or an arcade. Facebook has over 800 million users sharing their lives with an increasingly large amount of friends. There are potential threats associated with social networking that every person needs to know. Here are some tips on how to protect privacy online.


First, know the terms and rules of services like Facebook and Twitter. Find out about the security and privacy features that these services have. Third party apps on both Android and Apple products have privacy features that should be checked. han people might expect.


Second, do not share any information that a stranger should not have. Protect email addresses to prevent online phishing, which are fraudulent emails meant to obtain social security and credit card information.


Protect mailing addresses and phone numbers. Criminals plan burglaries and vandalism using these. Furthermore, do not post location data these people can use to know that no one is home.


Third, be careful when making friends with professors and instructors on Facebook.  This can lead to problems for both parties.  Maintain a professional environment.


“As long as teachers recognize that it’s a social environment, you have to be really careful about not letting it cross that professional line,” said Dr. Nancy Tobler, an assistant professor in the Communication department.


An acceptable alternative before graduation is the social network integration in Canvas. Students and employees can link their Facebook information to Canvas in a professional manner to maintain the relationship expected between teachers and students.


By John Carlsen
Staff Writer