Social Networking and Social Media

Sites such as Facebook or Linkedin are very valuable for connecting with communities. They also can purpose risk and provide valuable information to cyber criminals. The information can be used to create a profile that can be used for identity theft, can let people know when you are away, or provide answers to security questions like your mother's maiden name or the school you went to. Information on social networking sites, whether you posted them or someone else has posted them about you, can damage your reputation and damage your career prospects. To protect yourself on social media you should:

  • never post confidential information
  • ensure that privacy controls are used and updated
  • confirm suspicious messages with the sender
  • install only trusted apps and delete apps you don't use.

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