Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Military Personnel and Social Internet Sites

The military is considering banning members from using twitter and other such sites. The Marines have already done this throughout the branch.

We know that military members use these sites for keeping up with family members when they are away on deployment or stationed far away. Here are a few guidelines we hope will keep you safe.

Don't twiiter, facebook, or any other social site on a military computer. Don't risk your job for doing something silly, and endangering lives.

Email is probably a safer way to communicate back home. Your page is not viewable to the public.

If you twitter or facebook, block all users except those you accept. But be leery of accepting new readers. In fact, you should manually add people who you know. Do not add anyone who just contacts you.

Never, ever use your real name in accounts you discuss military matters, including your whereabouts, job, station, etc. Only your family members should know what your fake user name is. But we would rather you NOT discuss anything related to the military and your job. Even by email. Your family really only wants and needs to know you are safe. Phone calls are a lot better, but even then, discuss things wisely.

There are many ways that people use to get into your social site accounts. Beware that anything and everything you post, no matter whether you set your account to private or not, may be compromised.

Send cards and letters home. Believe it or not, even in this internet age, a personal note from you is heart felt. It may take more time, but it will be much appreciated. Encourage your family to write to also. But never discuss things you would not want the enemy to know. Especially on postcards!

So, to all military members and their families, we salute you and want you back safe and sound!

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