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Shockproofing Your Use of Social Media


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From "Lightning Strikes Thrice" Jan 20, 2011 ( Ben Woelk of the Rochester Chapter will talk about the top ten things to do to stay safely grounded as you use social media.

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Shockproofing Your Use of Social Media

  1. 1. Ten Ways to Shockproof Your Use of Social MediaBen WoelkPolicy and Awareness AnalystRochester Institute of
  2. 2. Introduction • Everyone is a target • Identity theft is big business • You can’t rely on others to protect you 2
  3. 3. Identity Theft • What’s the problem with this picture? 3
  4. 4. General Trends
  5. 5. Digital Self Defense • Protect yourself and everyone else • Use the right tools • Do the right things 5
  6. 6. Avert Labs Malware Research 6Retrieved July 24, 2009 from:
  7. 7. Tip # 1 Passwords • Weak passwords can be guessed – Automated programs – Personal details • Use different passwords – How many accounts can be accessed with just one of your passwords? – Password vaults • Passphrases 7
  8. 8. Tip # 2 Patching/Updating Patching: • Fixes “vulnerabilities” in software You need to: • Turn on auto-updating (Windows, Mac OS X) • Check regularly for application updates (Adobe, Microsoft Office, etc.) • ESPECIALLY ADOBE (malicious PDFs) 8
  9. 9. Tip #3 Security Software • Anti-Virus Protection • Firewall • Anti-Spyware Protection 9
  10. 10. Tip #4 Recognize Phishing/Scams • Purpose – “verify/confirm/authorize” account or personal information • Source – Appear to come from PayPal, banks, ISPs, IT departments, other official or authoritative sources • Tone – Appeals to fear, greed, urgency, sympathy 10
  11. 11. Phishing Tips • Does it seem credible? – Misspellings, bad grammar, formatting errors • File attachments – Is it expected? If not, ignore it! • Never respond directly to e-mail requests for private information – Verify with company – Don’t click on links 11
  12. 12. Phishing on Social Network Sites 12
  13. 13. Tip #5 Use Social Networks SafelyDo:• Make friends• Use privacy settings• Be conscious of the image you projectDon’t:• Post personal information• Post schedules or whereabouts• Post inappropriate photos 13
  14. 14. Tip #6 Remember Who Else is There • Who else uses social networking? – Employers – Identity Thieves – Online Predators • Facebook Stalker ( 14
  15. 15. 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 – Theft – Harassment – Assault 15
  16. 16. Not YourSpace Would I be comfortable if this were posted on a billboard? The Internet is public space! • Search results • Photo “tagging” 16
  17. 17. 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 – podcasts-019.mp3 17
  18. 18. Is this really your friend? When “friends” ask for money online • Do they speak/write like your friend? • Do they know any details about you or themselves that do NOT appear on Facebook profile pages? • Do they refuse other forms of help, phone call requests, etc.? Just because it is your friend’s account does not mean that it’s your friend! 18
  19. 19. Tip #8 Search for your name • Do a vanity search • Set up a Google Alert 19
  20. 20. Tip #9 Guard Your PersonalInformation! • Even less sensitive information can be exploited by an attacker! • Don’t post it in public places • Know to whom you’re giving it • 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) 20
  21. 21. Tip #10 Use Privacy Settings • Default settings are set to sharing information • Adjust Facebook privacy settings to help protect your identity • Think carefully about who you allow to become your friend • Show "limited friends" a cut-down version of your profile • Disable options, then open them one by one
  22. 22. 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? Do something about it! – Run a scan – Ask for help