Military and families asked to be cautious on social media sites

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Oct. 6, 2014) – A recent warning from the Army is asking Soldiers and their families to be “vigilant of their surroundings” both at home and on social media sites.

Military members and their families are asked to take precautions in light of social media posts which called for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) supporters to use telephone directories and social media sites to target and harm service members.

Soldiers, government civilians and family members are reminded to be vigilant of their surroundings and report suspicious activities to their respective military of local law enforcement.

The following precautions are recommended for military members and their families:

Social media precautions

— Think before you post and assume everyone in the world will be able to see what you are posting, or tweeting, even if the site limits your posts to your friends and family.

— Limit who can view your social media sites; but do not trust these settings as absolute.

— Avoid posting your home or work address and phone numbers; and any government or military affiliation.

— Avoid providing detailed accounts of your day (e.g., when you leave for or return from work).

— Never allow applications to geolocate your location.

Physical/Home Security Precautions

— Always lock doors, windows and garages.

— Make sure home entrances are well-lighted, and minimize bushes where intruders can hide before their ambush.

— Use the peephole before opening the door to anyone. Don’t use the chain latch to open the door part-way. Don’t open the door to solicitors or strangers.

— Install solid-core doors, heavy-duty locks and window security systems.

— Establish a safe haven.

— Hold a family meeting to work out home security plans.