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Top Ten Tips to Shockproof Your Use of Social Media, Lavacon 2011

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  • 1. Ten Tips to Shockproof Your Use of Social Media Ben Woelk Policy and Awareness Analyst Rochester Institute of Technology ben.woelk@gmail.com @benwoelk
  • 2. Introduction • Everyone is a target • Organized crime funds the attacks 2
  • 3. Avert Labs Malware Research 3Retrieved July 24, 2009 from:http://www.avertlabs.com/research/blog/index.php/2009/07/22/malware-is-their-businessand-business-is-good/
  • 4. Phishing on Social Network Sites 4 http://www.markmonitor.com/download/bji/BrandjackingIndex-Spring2009.pdf
  • 5. Tip # 1 Strong Passwords/Passphrases • Length more important than complexity It was a dark and stormy night becomes ItwasaDark215andStormyNight 5
  • 6. Password Safes 6
  • 7. Tip # 2 Keep up to date! • Operating Systems • Applications 7
  • 8. Tip #3 Use Security Software Layers of Security • Anti-Virus Protection • Firewall • Anti-Spyware Protection Don’t overlook mobile devices! 8
  • 9. Tip #4 Recognize Phishing/Scams 9
  • 10. Phishing Tips 10
  • 11. Tip #5 Use Social Networks SafelyDon’t:• Post personal information• Post schedules or whereabouts• Post inappropriate photoshttp://www.sileo.com/facebook-status-update-leads-to-robbery/ 11
  • 12. Tip #6 Remember Who Else is There • Who else uses social networking? – Employers – Identity Thieves – Online Predators • Facebook Stalker (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCh9bmg0zGg) 12
  • 13. What You Post Can Be Used To… • Make judgments about your character • Impersonate you to financial institutions • Monitor what you do and where you go 13
  • 14. Tip #7 Be wary of others • Choose your friends carefully • "41% of Facebook users agreed to be friends with this plastic frog, opening themselves up to the risk of identity theft." • The frog’s name was Freddi Staur – http://podcasts.sophos.com/en/sophos- podcasts-019.mp3 14
  • 15. Is this really your friend? Just because it’s your friend’s account does not mean that it’s your friend! 15
  • 16. Tip #8 Search for your name • Do a vanity search • Set up a Google Alert 16
  • 17. Tip #9 Guard Your PersonalInformation! • Watch out for Facebook Applications!! – A 2008 study found that 90.7% of apps had access to private user data (only 9.3% actually used the data) 17
  • 18. Tip #10 Use Privacy Settings • Default settings are set to sharing information • Adjust Facebook privacy settings to help protect your identity • Show "limited friends" a cut-down version of your profile • Disable options, then open them one by onehttp://www.sophos.com/security/best-practice/facebook.html
  • 19. The First Line of Defense Stay alert—you will be the first to know if something goes wrong – Are you receiving odd communications from someone? – Is your computer sounding strange or slower than normal? – Has there been some kind of incident or warning in the news?
  • 20. Practice Digital Self Defense • Infosec Communicator blog • @benwoelk • @RIT_Infosec 20

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