1. Insecure Accounts
● Could your passwords be easily guessed?
● Are your passwords simple?
● Are the username and password all that are
required to log in?
2. Malicious Messages
● Messages can contain malicious links and
● Do you reveal that you're away from home?
● Sharing location, even after the fact, reveals
information about your behavior
● Criminals monitor social media
3. Location Sharing
● Do you post photos of sensitive documents and
4. Revealing Photos
● Is your birth date in your profile?
● Criminals can wreak havoc with name, date of birth
(DOB), and address
5. Exposing Date of Birth
● Could a bad actor learn enough to scam you (or
family or friends)?
● Could a bad actor learn enough to answer your
6. Revealing Bio
● Friends/connections instantly get access to a lot of
your personal info
● Are all your friends/connections who they say they
● Could any of your friends/connections mean you
7. Unfriendly "Friends"
● Do you log out after using a friend's device?
8. Staying Logged In
● Do you use the social login option?
● If someone hacks the social media account you use,
they could access all your connected accounts
9. Social Logins
● Have you given third parties access to your
● Third parties can share your data with others, or be
10. Trusting Third Parties
● Many platforms collect data about you (from within
the platform and even other sites and apps you use)
to advertise to you
● Some platforms share that information with
● Do you ever share personal info in a public group?
● A bad actor could learn enough to scam you or
answer your security questions
12. Public Means Public
● Can the public see your groups? Can
● Can the public see your likes? Can
● A bad actor could learn enough to scam you
13. Tell Me About Yourself
● How many accounts have you abandoned?
● Have you closed or deleted them?
● Hackers target unused accounts
14. Abandoned Accounts
● In the US, social platforms are considered public
spaces, and any info shared there is covered under
● You have no reasonable expectation of privacy
15. Privacy? Here?
"The more time you spend on social media,
the greater your vulnerability to hacking.
Every picture you post, every quiz question
you answer, every experience you recount,
every shred of personal information you
willingly share with 'friends' increases the
area of your attackable surface."
— Swiped by Adam Levin
● Make sure every account has a different, long,
● Enable two-factor authentication (use hardware key
or app, not SMS/text)
● Set nonsense answers to security questions
● Regularly review security and privacy settings
1. Secure Your Accounts
2. Be Careful with Messages
● Be careful about clicking links and opening
● Consider disabling read receipts
● Disable location sharing
● Don't post about travel until you're home
● Be careful what details you share
3. Disable Location Sharing
● Don't post photos of sensitive documents and
● Set the smallest audience necessary
4. Be Careful with Photos
● Don't put any part of your birth date in your profile
● Don't post about your birthday
5. Hide Date of Birth
● Don't reveal too much personal info
6. Beware with Your Bio
● Consider verifying the person’s identity
7. Verify "Friends"
● Log out when you’re finished using a friend's device
● If you forget, try to log out remotely
8. Log Out of Others' Devices
● Don’t use the social login option
● Use a password manager to store unique passwords
9. Don't Use Social Logins
● Think carefully before you grant a third party
access; know their permissions
● Regularly remove the third-party apps and accounts
that are no longer needed
10. Be Careful with Third Parties
● Opt out of personalized ads
11. Opt Out of Personalized Ads
● Pay attention to group types
● Be careful what you post/comment in public groups
● Social platforms can see inside private groups
12. Be Careful with Groups
● Be careful what groups and interests you make
visible; hide when possible
13. Be Wary of What Groups and
● Close/delete any social media account that you’re
● If you don't want to close/delete, monitor
14. Delete Unused Accounts
● Assume that everything you post on social media is
● Don't provide more info than necessary
15. Be Privacy-Minded
10. Be careful with third
11. Opt out of personalized
12. Be careful with groups
13. Be wary of what groups
and interests reveal
14. Delete unused accounts
15. Be privacy-minded
1. Secure your accounts
2. Be careful with messages
3. Disable location sharing
4. Be careful with photos
5. Hide date of birth
6. Beware with your bio
7. Verify "friends"
8. Log out of others' devices
9. Don't use social logins