Privacy and security
Keep content you are unsure about private or in draft (e.g. blog post) so no one else can see it before making it publically available.
Don’t make your personal contact details available on a public post or web page. (e.g. phone number, date of birth, home address) Making this information publically available can put you at risk of identity fraud, endanger your personal security and encourage spamming of your email address.
Check who can see the content on the web pages you’ve produced, especially where you have included links to content that might build up to over time e.g. blog posts.
Once you have published content in your e-portfolio and sent this to people it can be difficult to change at a later date, so:
- Ensure all of the information you place online is accurate and appropriate
- Present information professionally
- Check for any spelling mistakes
- Keep the tone of your e-portfolio positive and constructive
- Integrate social media in to your e-portfolio. (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and cross link your content if you use other online tools - the more links you use the higher you will come up in searches via search engines
- Add a link to your e-portfolio into your email signature and to your CV
- Include an avatar image on your profile to help make your online identity more personal
- Abide by and respect the ethical or professional standards of any organisations you are a member of or affiliated to.
Make sure you own the copyright or you have copyright permission on the materials you use in your e-portfolio, especially images taken from the internet.
Make sure all materials that are not your own work are properly attributed or referenced.
If the material you want to use is copyrighted, seek permission from the copyright owner to be able to include this in your web pages.
Ask for feedback on your e-portfolio from tutors, friends and Careers Service to improve it.
Be respectful of others; make sure any comments or feedback you provide is helpful and constructive.