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15 Security & Privacy Tips for Social Media Safety

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Be safer on social media by following these 15 security and privacy tips.
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15 Security & Privacy Tips for Social Media Safety

  1. 1. 15 Security & Privacy Tips for Social Media Safety
  2. 2. Chad Warner Chad Warner Security & privacy enthusiast Web agency owner DefendingDigital.com
  3. 3. Social Media Threats
  4. 4. 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?
  5. 5. 2. Malicious Messages ● Messages can contain malicious links and attachments
  6. 6. ● 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
  7. 7. ● Do you post photos of sensitive documents and objects? 4. Revealing Photos
  8. 8. ● Is your birth date in your profile? ● Criminals can wreak havoc with name, date of birth (DOB), and address 5. Exposing Date of Birth
  9. 9. ● Could a bad actor learn enough to scam you (or family or friends)? ● Could a bad actor learn enough to answer your security questions? 6. Revealing Bio
  10. 10. ● Friends/connections instantly get access to a lot of your personal info ● Are all your friends/connections who they say they are? ● Could any of your friends/connections mean you harm? 7. Unfriendly "Friends"
  11. 11. ● Do you log out after using a friend's device? 8. Staying Logged In
  12. 12. ● 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
  13. 13. ● Have you given third parties access to your accounts? ● Third parties can share your data with others, or be hacked 10. Trusting Third Parties
  14. 14. ● 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 partners 11. Targeting
  15. 15. ● 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
  16. 16. ● Can the public see your groups? Can friends/connections? ● Can the public see your likes? Can friends/connections? ● A bad actor could learn enough to scam you 13. Tell Me About Yourself
  17. 17. ● How many accounts have you abandoned? ● Have you closed or deleted them? ● Hackers target unused accounts 14. Abandoned Accounts
  18. 18. ● In the US, social platforms are considered public spaces, and any info shared there is covered under third-party doctrine ● You have no reasonable expectation of privacy 15. Privacy? Here?
  19. 19. "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
  20. 20. How to Increase Your Security & Privacy
  21. 21. ● Make sure every account has a different, long, complex password ● 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
  22. 22. 2. Be Careful with Messages ● Be careful about clicking links and opening attachments ● Consider disabling read receipts
  23. 23. ● Disable location sharing ● Don't post about travel until you're home ● Be careful what details you share 3. Disable Location Sharing
  24. 24. ● Don't post photos of sensitive documents and objects ● Set the smallest audience necessary 4. Be Careful with Photos
  25. 25. ● Don't put any part of your birth date in your profile ● Don't post about your birthday 5. Hide Date of Birth
  26. 26. ● Don't reveal too much personal info 6. Beware with Your Bio
  27. 27. ● Consider verifying the person’s identity 7. Verify "Friends"
  28. 28. ● 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
  29. 29. ● Don’t use the social login option ● Use a password manager to store unique passwords 9. Don't Use Social Logins
  30. 30. ● 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
  31. 31. ● Opt out of personalized ads 11. Opt Out of Personalized Ads
  32. 32. ● 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
  33. 33. ● Be careful what groups and interests you make visible; hide when possible 13. Be Wary of What Groups and Interests Reveal
  34. 34. ● Close/delete any social media account that you’re not using ● If you don't want to close/delete, monitor 14. Delete Unused Accounts
  35. 35. ● Assume that everything you post on social media is permanent ● Don't provide more info than necessary 15. Be Privacy-Minded
  36. 36. 10. Be careful with third parties 11. Opt out of personalized ads 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
  37. 37. 1 thing you'll stop 1 thing you'll start 1 thing you'll continue
  38. 38. Slides & Notes DefendingDigital.com/15-social Security & Privacy Guides DefendingDigital.com
  39. 39. Q&A

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