More Tips for Military Families – #163

OPSEC – Tip # 163

I had no idea what OPSEC (OP = Operational & SEC=Security) was when my husband did his first deployment.  Not that I posted anything questionable but I probably would have without knowing that it wasn’t a good idea.  With technology and social networking today it is easier than ever to get information about you, your family, your job, interests, etc. and to have people, without your knowledge, reading and collecting your information.  It is important, whether you are experiencing a deployment, training, moves or military life in general that you don’t post information that could compromise the safety of you or your loved ones.

‘Do Not’ Tips:

* Do not post on internet, share with others or write about any and all operational information

* Do not provide people with the time, place or name of the operation

* Do not share specific locations of where your service member is

* Do not provide information about spouses, email, Facebook accounts or full names to anyone outside of your group (they may want them for kind or valid reasons but then they may, unknowningly, provide them to others and so on)

* Do not identify rank or full names of service members

The general rule is, ‘If you aren’t sure, don’t post it’.  For more information go to – http://loveoursoldiers.us -they have posted a great article with detailed information about OPSEC (the rules are generally the same for all countries)

For more information about our tips, resources or books go to: http://www.whileyouwereaway.org

To submit a tip of your own, write to: Megan@whileyouwereaway.org

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