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Setting Goals for your Social Media Program

By: Lt. Tony Leonard, Georgia Tech Police Department Summary: Most law enforcement agencies are now using social media, but many haven’t clearly defined their goals for what they want to accomplish with social media. In this article, Lt. Tony Leonard offers some tips, tactics and techniques. Most of us wouldn’t think of taking to the road […]

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Setting Goals for your Social Media Program

By: Lt. Tony Leonard, Georgia Tech Police Department Summary: Most law enforcement agencies are now using social media, but many haven’t clearly defined their goals for what they want to accomplish with social media. In this article, Lt. Tony Leonard offers some tips, tactics and techniques. Most of us wouldn’t think of taking to the road […]

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Facebook, Janita Docherty, law enforcement, Officer Safety, Online Safety, police, SM Tools, SM Use, social media | Comments Off on Changes to hiding from public search on Facebook

Changes to hiding from public search on Facebook

Recent changes to the Facebook privacy settings, has made it difficult for users to conceal their personal profiles, as Facebook has removed the ability to hide from public search.  Facebook profiles have the ability to be located through the Facebook search function and in some cases via search engine sites such as Google. However there is some reprieve.  Within the Facebook Privacy Settings, you have the option to remove yourself from a search engine link. This means that persons using a search engine to look for you via a name search, should be unable to link to your Facebook profile. Go to > Privacy Settings  > Who Can Look Me Up?  > Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline?  > Uncheck the box.  (as per diagram below) Be aware this may not remove a link to your profile due to any public content that you post.  As a result please ensure you check your privacy settings and only post your information to friends.

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Facebook, Lauri Stevens, law enforcement, Officer Safety, Online Safety, SM Tools, social media | Comments Off on Social Media Quick Tip: Beware of the “Who Stalks My Page” Scams on Facebook

Social Media Quick Tip: Beware of the “Who Stalks My Page” Scams on Facebook

Facebook scams are plentiful and most of us like to think we’re pretty good at spotting them. One in particular seems to nab law officers from time to time. It’s the one that promises to tell you who “stalks” your page the most. Sometimes it’s also worded as “see who views your profile.” To officers, it’s a double-edge sword because if it actually worked, it would be very useful in an investigation if someone complained of being harassed. To be able to run an application that (presto!) showed who’s been stalking the victim’s page would be very useful in finding out who the main suspects are. But it doesn’t work that way. In my training sessions with law enforcement, I’ve been asked more than once if I could tell them how to do just what this scam claims to do. The twist was, in each case where I was asked, it was the cop or one of his/her colleagues who was being harassed on Facebook and they wanted to know which one of these “tools” I recommended. Here’s the absolute truth: Every one of these claims is a scam. Facebook makes it very clear that the company doesn’t do this...

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