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Threat landscape, strategies, and resources for cyber safety. Presented at Johanna Perrin Middle School, Fairport, New York as part of the Fairport STAR parents program.

Threat landscape, strategies, and resources for cyber safety. Presented at Johanna Perrin Middle School, Fairport, New York as part of the Fairport STAR parents program.

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Cyber Safety for Middle School Students and Parents

  1. 1. Social Networks Social Networking is a social structure made of individuals who are tied by specific types of relationships. • Facebook • Twitter • Flickr • YouTube • Snapchat • Instagram • Pinterest • Craigslist Revised from Technological Awareness for Teens and Young Adults, UNM presentation http://ow.ly/PWvU6
  2. 2. Awareness is the key Everyone is a target Organized crime funds the attacks
  3. 3. Text Messaging  Sexting is sending nude pictures via text message  50% of teenagers admit to engaging in sexting http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/18/living/teens-sexting-what-parents-can-do/  Messages can be forwarded to unintended recipients  Could be embarrassing if pictures were seen by unintended parties  Sexting can be considered child pornography http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Va-Teen-Could-be-Jailed-for-Sexting-Girlfriend- 265770831.html Technological Awareness for Teens and Young Adults, UNM presentation http://ow.ly/PWvU6
  4. 4. You will not be able to shelter your students from the Internet and social networking Focus instead on preparing them for the dangers they will face They can (and will) defeat every technical control you put in place What you already know
  5. 5. Use strong passwords, aka passphrases Length > complexity TIP It was a dark and stormy night becomes ItwasaDark215andStormyNight
  6. 6. Keep Your Software (and Hardware up to date! TIP
  7. 7. TIP Use protection
  8. 8. Recognize phishing & scams TIP
  9. 9. Use social networks safely TIP
  10. 10. Remember who else is there • Employers • Admissions Offices • Identity thieves • Online predators • 1 in 7 10-17 year olds are approached by an online predator (http://www.rsaconference.com/media/cyber-safety-kids-the-true-story-of-alicia) TIP
  11. 11. Don’t post inappropriate photos! TIP
  12. 12. Be wary of others Is this really your friend..? TIP
  13. 13. TIP Monitor Your Child’s Name Onlinehttps://www.google.com/settings/dashboard
  14. 14. Guard personal information TIP
  15. 15. Never assume privacy TIP
  16. 16. Who’s following you? TIP
  17. 17. Questions (and maybe some answers) Ben Woelk Ben.woelk@gmail.com Benwoelk.com @benwoelk www.linkedin.com/in/benwoelk/ http://www.slideshare.net/bwoelk
  18. 18. Resource List • National Cyber Security Alliance (for parents section) https://www.staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/ • OnGuardOnline.gov https://www.onguardonline.gov/topics/protect-kids-online • Darkness to Light: End Child Sexual Abuse Internet Safety http://ow.ly/PVavb • Bivonia Child Advocacy Center https://www.facebook.com/BivonaCAC • Shockproofing Your Use of Social Media eBook, Woelk http://amzn.com/B00OJMK4T2 • Parenting in the Cyber Age: A Parents’ Guide to Safer Social Networking http://benwoelk.com/parenting-in-the-cyber-age/ • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children http://missingkids.org/Home • Cyber Bullying: Protecting Kids and Adults from Online Bullies McQuade III, Colt, Meyer https://books.google.com/books/about/Cyber_Bullying.html • Technological Awareness for Teens and Young Adults, UNM presentation http://bit.ly/1fDAe0l

Editor's Notes

  • Hi, I’m Ben Woelk. I’m the Policy and Awareness Analyst in the RIT information Security Office. Part of my role is to build a culture of security awareness. Today we’re going to learn about Shockproofing Your Use of Social Media. In other words, how to stay safe online.
  • Does anybody see anything wrong with this picture? Here’s the problem, Everyone is a Target. Identity theft is big business. It’s not done by hackers sitting in their basements. Well maybe some of the people committing identity theft are hackers in their basements, but they’re funded by organized crime.
  • Here’s the big problem: You can’t rely on others to protect you. You need to learn to protect yourself. That’s what this presentation is all about—giving you ten tips to stay safe online.
  • Tip #1: Use a Passphrase. We’ve all heard about passwords. I want you to start using passphrases. Passphrases are long, but easier to remember than a password. Length is more important than complexity. Throw in some numbers and capital letters and the phrase on the screen becomes ItwasaDark215andStormyNight. Easy to remember.
  • Tip # 2: Stay up to date. Attackers exploit vulnerabilities in software. Software vendors release patches to address these vulnerabilities. We all know that we need to keep our operating systems up to date. You also need to keep your applications up to date. Make sure you’ve turned on auto update.
  • Tip #3: Use Protection. No, there’s no such thing as an iCondom. However, one of the best ways to protect your computer is to use layers of security. Use anti-virus, a firewall, and anti-spyware. Mac users need antivirus and need to make sure your firewall is enabled. And don’t forget about your mobile devices. They’re starting to become more and more of a target.
  • Tip #4: Recognize Phishing and scams. Many of you met Phishy at move in. Phishy is here to help raise our awareness about phishing. It’s pretty basic. Never respond to email requests for your password. (Or over the phone)
  • Tip #5: Use Social Networks Safely. Don’t post information about where you live or where you’re going to be on Facebook or Twitter. Yes, it’s rare, but if you have an open profile on Facebook or you’re using FourSquare and tweeting your whereabouts publicly, you’re putting yourself at risk.
  • Tip #6: Remember who else is there. Employers will try to find out as much about you as they can online. They may try to access your social media profiles. There was a court case this month, where the court decided that what you post online is not protected. Think before you post about the image you’re portraying.
  • Don’t post inappropriate photos. Untag inappropriate photos of you your friends post. Would you hire this guy? People WILL judge you by what you post online. Think before you post! Clean up your profiles now.
  • Tip #7: Be wary of others. How do you know the person claiming to be 19 years old isn’t a 40 something who’s masquerading as someone else? How do you know he or she isn’t a wolf in sheep’s clothing? Be careful.
  • Tip #8: Search for your name. Set up a Google Alert in Google Dashboard to let you know every day how your name is appearing online. You can set up a search for anything. So if there’s something you want to track online, set up the alert.
  • Tip #9: Guard your personal information. Wouldn’t you like to have a guard dog like this protecting your information? Hmm. Maybe not. Protecting your personal information hasn’t been a big deal for you so far. It will be as you develop a credit history.
  • Tip #10: Don’t assume privacy. In fact, assume that anything you post online is going to stay private. Think before you post about how information can be used. Do you want Facebook or anyone else tracking everything you do?
  • Tip #10: Don’t assume privacy. In fact, assume that anything you post online is going to stay private. Think before you post about how information can be used. Do you want Facebook or anyone else tracking everything you do?

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