Limit what you share online!

January 18, 2023  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Did you know that by sharing too much online, cybercriminals can catch a glimpse into your life and craft targeted scams aimed at you?    

Stay safe and limit the amount that you share in the public domain. You can be the organization’s strongest line of defense.

Consider this:

  • When was the last time you Googled yourself?
  • Do your social media profiles appear in internet searches?
  • Who can see and access the content that you post?
  • Do you have privacy settings applied on your social media accounts?

 So how do you stay social but also safe?

  • Apply privacy settings that prevent strangers from viewing your content. Every time you sign up for a new social media account or download a new app, immediately configure the privacy and security settings to your comfort level for information sharing. Regularly check these settings to make sure they are still configured to your comfort.
  • Be wary of clicking on links or downloading anything that comes from a stranger or that you were not expecting. Links in tweets, texts, posts, and social media messages are the easiest way for cyber criminals to get your sensitive information.
  • Make use of a secure password.
  • Apply Two-factor (2FA) authentication to your accounts for additional layers of security, and to make sure important accounts aren’t easily hacked if the passwords are compromised.
  • Protect your reputation on social networks. What you post online stays online.
  • Do not accept friend requests from strangers. Cybercriminals often set up fake profiles on social media with the intention of befriending people and getting them to share personal information.
  • Limit what you share, and never share sensitive information.

For additional Information:

https://safecomputing.umich.edu/protect-yourself

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