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Security Brief- Read before posting/joining.

Discussion in 'Introductions & Welcome to the Royal Marines Site' started by Johnny_Anonie, Jul 31, 2019.

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  1. Johnny_Anonie

    Johnny_Anonie Moderator

    Mar 17, 2019

    Time for a refresher, despite similar threads being out there.
    If you are reading this and have yet to sign up, then what are you waiting for!?

    However before you do -please cast your eye over this post.
    This equally applies to new members who have failed to fully digest the forum rules.

    Avoid using your real name when signing up to the forum. Your anonymity is not only for your safety but the safety of your potential future colleagues.

    Consider the following three points.

    1) The threat to the UK from terrorism is SEVERE. Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack. SEVERE means an attack is highly likely. Unfortunately the reality is that there are people out there who wish to do harm to HM Forces personnel and infrastructure.
    By not publicly ID’ing yourself on this forum you can help contribute to combatting this threat.

    2) Sadly whenever identifying personal data is shared online, criminals can be watching. Offenders look for some way to turn the information to their advantage. Criminals that engage in fraud are increasingly targeting young people online.

    3) Recruiters and recruit training staff use this forum. Worth considering.


    Thanks for reading. Now sign up or contact a moderator to change your username.
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  2. Johnny_Anonie

    Johnny_Anonie Moderator

    Mar 17, 2019
    With a lot of posts appearing from soon to be recruits and the talk of setting up WhatsApp groups. Here is a timely reminder for all.

    It's worth exercising some caution when using social media. Not everyone using social media is necessarily who they say they are. Take a moment to check if you know the person and/or can confirm they are genuine.

    Less obviously, all forum users should think about their digital footprint, which is a term used to describe the entirety of information that you post online, including photos and even usernames. Criminals can use this publicly available information to steal your identity, or use it to make phishing messages more convincing.

    Take your Personal Security seriously.
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  3. Rover

    Rover Moderator

    Oct 23, 2008
    BE AWARE...

    Exposed... by Strava

    Nick Waters revealed the security failure to horrified senior officers at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, explaining how the app identified 14 SAS troops in just five minutes after he invented a fictitious run inside the camp.

    He said: 'I made up my own training session and convinced Strava that I had run a certain distance in a certain time inside the base.

    'The app then started giving me the names and Facebook profiles of people who had actually run the same route.

    'I started freaking out a bit because I knew this was the kind of information I probably shouldn't have access to. So I turned it off. It shows how social media is an incredibly powerful monitoring tool and it can be used by anyone to access personal information.

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