5 Tips to Avoid Cyberattacks on Halloween and beyond

By 10/28/2019 12:41:00 PM

A good costume and trick or treat route is important as you gear up for Halloween. While you, your friends or your kids might be tempted to post each stop along your route – it’s important that you don’t overshare!

Did you know that this October is the 16th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)?

To remind everyone of the role we all play in online safety and security at home and in the workplace, The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) offer tips to help keep everyone's social media safe, on Halloween and beyond:

Update your privacy settings.

Set the privacy and security settings to your comfort level for information sharing. Disable geotagging, which allows anyone to see where you are – and where you aren’t – at any given time.

Never click and tell.

Limit what information you post on social media – from personal addresses to where you like to grab coffee. What many people don’t realize is that these seemingly random details are all that criminals need to know to target you, your loved ones, and your physical belongings – online and in the real world. Keep Social Security numbers, account numbers, and passwords private, as well as specific information about yourself, such as your full name, address, birthday, and even vacation plans. Disable location services that allow anyone to see where you are – and where you aren’t – at any given time.

Speak up if you’re uncomfortable.

If a friend posts something about you that makes you uncomfortable or you think is inappropriate, let him or her know. Likewise, stay open-minded if a friend approaches you because something you’ve posted makes them uncomfortable. People have different tolerances for how much the world knows about them, and it is important to respect those differences. Don’t hesitate to report any instance of cyberbullying you see.

Report suspicious or harassing activity.

Work with your social media platform to report and possibly block harassing users. Report an incident if you’ve been a victim of cybercrime. Local and national authorities are ready to assist you.

And remember, there is no ‘Delete’ button on the Internet.

Share with care, because even if you delete a post or picture from your profile seconds after posting it, chances are someone still saw it.

For more tips about staying safe online, visit www.staysafeonline.org

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