Best Practice Suggestions for Your Online Profile Information
Vanderbilt email addresses are readily available on the web and can contribute to attacks like the most recent issue with our Listserv. When online, share your contact information — email addresses, cell phone number, etc.— judiciously, knowing that anything posted on the web is public.
VUIT recommends the following best practices:
- Treat your Vanderbilt email address like your personal cell phone number.
- Do not use your Vanderbilt email address for non-Vanderbilt services, such as online shopping or ordering food. Third-party breaches are the most common way your email address can be harvested.
- Post your email in a fashion that can’t be acquired by automated tools (for example johnDOTsmithATvanderbiltDOTedu).