Continuing our support of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, this week’s highlighted topic revolves around one of America’s favorite past times…and no, it’s not baseball. It’s social media. Now more than ever, we are spending increasing amounts of time on the Internet.
Here are simple steps to connect with confidence and safely navigate the social media world.
Did you know?
As of July 2020, 3.96 billion people worldwide now use social media. That’s 51% of the total world population.
Digital consumers spend nearly 2.5 hours on social networks and social messaging every day.
Simple tips for connecting on social media
If you connect IT, protect IT. Whether it’s your computer, smartphone, game device, or other network devices, the best defense against viruses and malware is to update to the latest security software, web browser, and operating systems. Sign up for automatic updates, if you can, and protect your devices with anti-virus software.
Phishing scams aren’t limited to email. Phishing may be more commonly associated with email hacking, but it can happen on social platforms with messaging capabilities. Exercise the same caution you would when determining whether to respond or engage with a message from someone you don’t know.
Don’t click and tell. Think twice about what information you post on social media—from personal addresses to where you like to grab coffee. What many people don’t realize is that these seemingly random details are all that criminals need to know to target you, your loved ones, and your physical belongings—online and in the real world. You already know to keep Social Security numbers, account numbers, and passwords private – but don’t forget about posting specific information about yourself, such as your phone number or vacation plans.
Update your privacy settings. Set the privacy and security settings to your comfort level for information sharing. Disable geotagging, which allows anyone to see where you are—and where you aren’t—at any given time.
Remember, there is no ‘Delete’ button on the Internet. Share with care. Even if you delete a post or picture from your profile seconds after uploading, chances are someone still saw it. When it comes to both personal information and sensitive subject matter, caution is always recommended.
Are you enjoying our Cybersecurity Awareness information? Let us know in the comments below. We’ll share more insights next week and ways you can safeguard your devices and the personal information they hold.