Personal security - Read this before you post.

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This forum is here to allow you to ask questions, seek advice and interact with others going through the recruitment process, but there are some points you must consider.

1. Most recruits will be of an age where Facebook, Twitter and other social media will form a large part of how you interact with each other. This has lots of advantages, but the disadvantage is that your whole life is out there for all to see.

2. Recruiters and recruit training staff use this forum. If you give your ID away, everything you post can be linked back to you. We have had people post about how incompetent their recruiter is, how they will "bang out" any member of staff who "disrespec" them, how little/how much training they have been doing etc. Do you really want to turn up to training with all of that known to the staff who will train you?

3. Not everybody thinks that being in the army is the best thing in the world. For some, it is reason to try and cause you harm. If not you, perhaps your family.

So what?

1. Don't use your name as your login ID. Also, don't use a log in that can be tracked back to you such as JohnS1996. There won't be too many John Smiths born in 1996 aiming for Catterick to join a particular regiment, especially when you confirm where you are from by telling everyone which ADSC you went to.

2. Don't post travel details such as times of flights/trains etc.

3. Consider your security settings on social media. Share with those you know, not the whole world. If you must set up a Facebook group to give each other a social media cuddle, think about the security setting for that too.

You will get more detail on this during your training but until then, please think before you post.
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Lots of different 'agency's' keep an eye on this site so becareful what you post less you end up with an interview without coffee

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Well said, I've noticed quite a few hopefuls using their full names as their log-in details. Not a very wise move.
Wise words indeed from The_Duke.
Good sound advice
At the beginning of a civilian security awareness course that my wife and I attended about 6 months ago (in anticipation of an ex pat assignment), we were individually presented sealed envelopes. In each was our social media footprint, based on clever open source searching. My Linked-In profile (which I thought I'd sanitised) still managed to contain a lot of my service history that I really wouldn't want many people now to know; there was a graphic plot mapping FB 'friends' and how frequently I was connected to them - and it was a pretty good ORBAT of former colleagues, as well as 'pattern of life' mapping. There were photos of me as a drunk officer cadet taken in the 1980s that someone had posted recently, but tagged on a closed group, that I hadn't seen There were several newspaper references, such as planning applications showing our address, and a report of a criminal conviction of someone of the same name and age and in the same county - but wasn't me. Following up on the planning application notice, the researchers helpfully including our house plans we had submitted for a proposed extension, drawn down from the planning authority website.

There were photos of my wife and I at charity bash about 8 years ago, obtained from a commercial image library!* This was particularly surprising, as we have never posted photos of each other or the kids - because of these sensitivities. Arrse was not picked up though, but an automated IP trawl would, daisy-chaining from my email account, FB account, Linked-in etc (presupposing the bad guys knew that I might contribute to this August blog).

Bottom line - don't post/share anything that you don't want bad people to see, and any material submitted electronically (such as a planning application) will, almost always, get into the public domain. And I thought that I was pretty aware after being involved in a major infosec breach in Main Building a few years ago.

Imagine your life is an easy jigsaw puzzle; If people search long enough, they'll find all the pieces.

* Actually I'm not sure it was me. The chap was svelt, had a reasonable head of hair and his DJ fitted easily.
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It's tricky getting the balance. After we collectively recovered from the initial shock of our lives laid bare and then vowing to live the life of a 14th Century hermit, the advice we were given was to be cautious what we post, 'friend' invitations we accept (Linked in terribly bad for that because it harvests your email addresses) and getting the security settings right. Furthermore, the suggestion was to 'hide in plain view'. Working in a naturally suspicious and conspiracy-driven part of the world - where everyone, nonetheless, lives on social media, not having a social media profile would be, err, suspicious!
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I have never understood why people add colleagues to social media. If you insist on doing it then make a list of friends that can't see your day to day postings on there and add them to it.

I have never added anyone that has anything to do with work to any social media, it is bound to go horribly wrong. When your employer or prospective employer does a search for you online you want them to not find a trace of you.


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