Social media sites and apps are extremely popular, especially since we are limiting in-person visiting during these times. Because social media sites rely on connecting to each other through the information we give to the site, it is imperative that you are cautious about the information that you give. Below are some tips to protect yourself from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency:
- Limit the amount of personal information you post. Do not post information that would make you vulnerable, such as your address or information about your schedule or routine. If your connections post information about you, make sure the combined information is not more than you would be comfortable with strangers knowing.
- Remember that the internet is a public resource. Only post information you are comfortable with anyone seeing. This includes information and photos in your profile and in blogs and other forums. Also, once you post information online, you can't retract it. Even if you remove the information from a site, saved or cached versions may still exist on other people's machines.
- Be wary of strangers. The internet makes it easy for people to misrepresent their identities and motives.
- Be skeptical. Don't believe everything you read online. People may post false or misleading information about various topics, including their own identities. This is not necessarily done with malicious intent; it could be unintentional, an exaggeration, or a joke.
- Use and maintain anti-virus software. Anti-virus software helps protect your computer against known viruses, so you may be able to detect and remove the virus before it can do any damage.
Remain vigilant for security concerns and be sure to report suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.