Social Media Cybersecurity - Quick tips
With every picture you post and every status you update on social media, you are giving the world more and more information about yourself. With each social media account you join, you are spending more time on the Internet. What can you do to be actively responsible and “BeCyberSmart”? Here are some simple tips to help you connect with confidence and stay safe on social media.
Did you know?
In 2021 4.48 billion people are now using social media worldwide. That’s an increase of more than 13% from 2020. Put another way: Almost 57% of the total world population are using social networks.
Digital consumers spend nearly 2.5 hours on social networks and social messaging every day.
- 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. Read the Phishing Tip Sheet for more information.
- Never click and tell.
Limit 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. Keep Social Security numbers, account numbers, and passwords private, as well as speciﬁc information about yourself, such as your full name, address, birthday, and even vacation plans. Disable location services that allow anyone to see where you are—and where you aren’t – at any given time.
- Speak up if you’re uncomfortable.
If a friend posts something about you that makes you uncomfortable or you think is inappropriate, let them know. Likewise, stay open-minded if a friend approaches you because something you’ve posted makes them uncomfortable. People have diﬀerent tolerances for how much the world knows about them, and it is important to respect those diﬀerences. Don’t hesitate to report any instance of cyberbullying you see.
- Report suspicious or harassing activity.
Work with your social media platform to report and possibly block harassing users. Report an incident if you’ve been a victim of cybercrime. Local and national authorities are ready to help you.
- Remember, there is no ‘Delete’ button on the Internet.
Share with care, because even if you delete a post or picture from your proﬁle seconds after posting it, chances are someone still saw it.
- 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.
- Connect only with people you trust.
While some social networks might seem safer for connecting because of theimited personal information shared through them, keep your connections to people you know and trust.
Kemp, Simon. “Half a Billion Users Joined Social in the Last Year” Hootsuite July 22, 2021. https://blog.hootsuite.com/simon-kemp-social-media/