Protecting online safety is no harder than the steps you take in other aspects of your life to safeguard yourself.
Remember – “Once posted, always posted”
Remember the best Defence is Defence in Depth – take a layered approach.
Current Statistics show >70% of total time on digital media is now mobile accounts.
Phishing – social media use to obtain personal details/sensitive data and have them click on malicious links. Do not do the Facebook Personality quiz, Movie Star Quiz etc they are just “data gatherers”.
As Email platforms become more secure, social media is the good alternative for social engineering and data gathering so we need to stay secure. There is a lot of increased focus on them from people with bad intent.
Enable two factor authentication on your social media apps– it’s an extra layer of security and is very effective. Also make sure you use strong password solutions – not pets name, kids name etc as it can be gleaned of social media. You should have a separate password for each account.
Ideally use a separate email address just for setting up social media accounts.
Don’t “click to remember password” when prompted on your devices as that lessens your security.
Don’t use public Wi-Fi. Use your phone hotspot instead. If you can’t do that, VPN.
Close social media accounts you aren’t using. They can get compromised without being noticed then hackers leverage/info off them.
Check what apps are connected to your social media – how many apps have you used face book or Instagram to sign into??
Password Hygiene – follow standards. Different password for each platform and make each password complex.
Keep apps updated – latest versions of apps and browsers have the latest security patches so its important to keep them current.
Watch your mailbox – check for rogue links – social engineering.
Block spammers – don’t just ignore them. Report them as spam so it can be monitored. Report to Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) if this occurs.
Always log out of internet banking menu’s and close the browser when completed session.
Secure home and office Wi-Fi. WPA2 encryption on the router. Turn Firewall on your computer (Windows and MacOS have built in Firewall). Encrypt your hard drive (Windows and MacOS have built in disk encryption).
Turn off location sharing with Apps on your phone.- Settings – Privacy – Location Services. This saves locations when you take pictures in the photo metadata (settings – privacy – location services – camera (remove location metadata). Check on Photo App – Albums – Places. Mobile phone is a mobile tracking device.
Delete/uninstall programs you don’t use. Each program is like a window in a house.
Post holiday photos when you get home not “we are here today” as that translates to “our home is unoccupied”.
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