Personal Information

Be careful about sharing too much information online, even if you trust the people in your networks. Please do not share the following information:

  • Any personal information about yourself or somebody you know e.g. surnames, school names, phone numbers, email addresses, BlackBerry pins etc.
  • Text that you have already posted on another website or blog.
  • Any information about meeting up or getting in contact outside of the Hub For Change discussion channels.
  • Any details of your Disqus, or social media accounts or passwords. If we think you are sharing  this information with anybody else, your account may be locked.

In addition, if you feel that you may be at risk, we would advise not to share

  • Specific locations – You can share a general location like a large city or county, but specific locations like a small town or the name of your local park could put you at risk.
  • Details of an event you are attending like a university open day, music festival or court case or anything specific you attend regularly.

This also applies to photographs. Be careful about the images you share online. Once a photograph is online, you can't control whether others view, share or download it.

Internet security

Always make sure you use complex passwords to access websites and social networks. Avoid using common names and birthdays in your password. Get into the habit of using a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and signs such as @;!. If you’re concerned about security, consider changing your habits by changing your passwords regularly, at least once every month.

Private browsing

Most modern browsers allow you to use a Private Browsing mode, which means a trail will not be recorded. Find out if your browser has a private mode, because this can make it safer to view data (although if you have already viewed this site, you may need to edit your browsing history).

If you don’t know how to start Private Browsing, choose your browser from the list below for more information:

Warning about deleting cookies and address histories

There is a risk involved in removing all the data from your computer. For instance, if another computer user uses online banking and has a saved password, then if you clear all the cookies on your PC, they will realise you’ve done so, because their password will no longer be saved.  Also, they may notice if the address history on the PC has been cleared, and this may raise suspicion.

Check your browser settings: you may be able to erase particular cookies/URL’s individually, or you may be able to clear the history for the past hour without affecting the rest of the records.

Using the internet in public spaces

Be careful when using the internet in public spaces, for example libraries or internet cafes. Delete your password and browsing history when using a browser on a public machine. 

Bullying and Harassment

Hub For Change operates a no-tolerance harassment policy. If you feel a comment on the site is inappropriate, you can flag it, and it will be immediately removed pending moderation. If you feel a user is deliberately targeting you with threatening, aggressive or otherwise inappropriate comments, please contact us on youthforchange@plan-uk.org and we will look at whether further action is necessary.

Anonymous blogging policy

In those countries or circumstances where Hub For Change writers contribute anonymously because of fear of danger, it is critical in order to remain anonymous; Hub for Change will ensure that we protect the identity and confidentiality of the writer.

Hub For Change will make every effort to exercise due diligence to verify the materials and in order to vouch for the authenticity of the anonymous blogger.

We encourage Hub For Change writers to regularly check the anonymous blogging policy, which may be updated by us at our discretion and without notice to you.