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

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

  1. 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. 2. Introduction • Everyone is a target • Organized crime funds the attacks 2
  3. 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. 4. Phishing on Social Network Sites 4 http://www.markmonitor.com/download/bji/BrandjackingIndex-Spring2009.pdf
  5. 5. Tip # 1 Strong Passwords/Passphrases • Length more important than complexity It was a dark and stormy night becomes ItwasaDark215andStormyNight 5
  6. 6. Password Safes 6
  7. 7. Tip # 2 Keep up to date! • Operating Systems • Applications 7
  8. 8. Tip #3 Use Security Software Layers of Security • Anti-Virus Protection • Firewall • Anti-Spyware Protection Don’t overlook mobile devices! 8
  9. 9. Tip #4 Recognize Phishing/Scams 9
  10. 10. Phishing Tips 10
  11. 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. 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. 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. 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. 15. Is this really your friend? Just because it’s your friend’s account does not mean that it’s your friend! 15
  16. 16. Tip #8 Search for your name • Do a vanity search • Set up a Google Alert 16
  17. 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. 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. 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. 20. Practice Digital Self Defense • Infosec Communicator blog • @benwoelk • @RIT_Infosec 20

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