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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Protect Yourself Online – Use Social Networking with Caution

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and countless other sites have bridged the communication gap between family, friends, and coworkers, providing a convenient way to stay in touch with virtually anyone. Unfortunately, allowing everyone to view your information could put you and your “friends” at risk. Personal information posted and left unprotected, can lead to public embarrassment, bullying, identity theft, social engineering, and/or hacking attacks.

What can you do to protect yourself and avoid putting your information at risk? Consider the following:

  • Actively manage privacy and security settings: Many online sites allow you to change settings to limit who can see what you post. These privacy settings may change frequently. Learn about, use and update the privacy and security settings.
  • Know and manage your network of friends: Never accept friend requests from individuals you do not know. Take an inventory of your current network and remove people you do not know.
  • Be smart about the information you post regarding: Be cautious about the information you post regarding yourself. Don’t post specific, sensitive information or personal identity information.
  • Once posted, always posted: Remember what you post online, stays online. Protect your reputation by thinking twice before posting pictures and other information you wouldn’t want your family, friends, employer, or future employer to see or read.
  • Keep personal information personal: The more personal information you post on social networking sites, the easier it may be for a hacker or someone else to use that information to steal your identity, access your data, or commit other crimes such as burglary or stalking.

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