Cyber Safety – Are You Being Safe Online?
Most are thinking of putting their best and safest practices online. Are you? … Are you sure?
Let’s review … just in case … some best social media security practices.
The latest report from Consumer Reports: “Annual State of the Net”, conducted by the National Research Center, revealed that American had lost $ 4.5 billion against cybercrime in the past two years.
There is no silly way to avoid and protect yourself from cyber crime, but you can take many simple steps to avoid becoming a victim.
You have heard this over and over again … and again. You should not use words that can be found in the dictionary and use a mix of letters and numbers.
Your complete date of birth:
Never indicate the month, date, and year. Only month and day or nothing at all.
Other private info:
The phone number, the e-mail address, the address and the work site are ammunition. They are all traceable to you and often lead to even more personal information.
Setting / adjusting privacy controls:
They are there for a reason. Use them. You have more control than you realize.
Displaying a child’s name:
Yes, we all like to share our moments with our loved ones. But when it comes to your children, you should not use their name or mark them on photos. This gives those who have malicious intentions more information than necessary.
Holidays / Travel:
Would you like to hang a sign on your front door that you’ve been in Mexico for a week? So why do you notify more than 200, 300, 400 people and more on Facebook, Twitter, etc.? There is nothing wrong with being excited about a future trip, but do not specify dates or how long you will be gone!
Unsupervised use by minors:
If your child is on a social networking site and you are not, it should not be on the site either. Most sites have age requirements, but we all know how easy it is to lie online. Your child should follow the same guidelines you follow for online safety. If someone has access to your personal information online, they can also access your child’s information.
My general rule is to ask you two basic questions: 1. Would I be fired from my job if the administration saw this picture and 2. Would I like this picture to appear in the news?
They are watching! It is common to search social networking sites for hiring candidates, volunteer candidates, college candidates, beneficiaries, and so on.
It’s not that bad when it comes to online security / social media. Many police, fire and rescue services have adopted social media. They used these tools to connect and communicate with the community and also to capture criminals.