Cyber Safety Initiative
Protect yourself from cybercrime.
Technology is an integral part of our daily lives that is constantly evolving, as is cyber crime. Our goal is to increase awareness of personal cyber safety and the security risks to private information and property. The CSNP cyber safety initiative aims to teach individuals how to protect themselves from computer crime and stay safe online.
Social Media Security & Privacy Tips
Use a strong unique password.
Secure your account with a strong unique password. A strong password is at least 16 characters long. You can use a password manager to store your passwords so you do not have to remember them, or create passphrases that are easy to remember. A passphrase is 4 words like “cantelopebeaveroverturnips.” Do not reuse this password, because if another site you’re using gets hacked, your social media can be hacked as well.
Secure your account with two-factor authentication.
Use two-factor authentication, preferably with an authenticator app. Two-factor authentication is essential because if your password is compromised, the hacker still cannot access your account without the two-factor authentication code. The most secure way to use two-factor authentication is with an authenticator app, such as “Google Authenticator” or “Authy,” but you can also receive codes through text or email.
Beware of links and attachments sent in social media messages, especially from people you don’t know or trust.
Beware of links and attachments sent in social media messages, especially from people you don’t know or trust. Hackers create fake accounts and send links and attachments in direct messages. These links may prompt you to enter personal, account login, or financial information, or even contain malware. Before clicking on a link, check the link address and the person who sent it, and always ask yourself, “do I trust the sender?” and “is this link legitimate?”
Be careful not to share personal or financial information on social media e.g. DoB, driver's license photo, vacation plans, location data.
Be careful not to share personal or financial information on social media e.g. DoB, driver's license photo, vacation plans, location data. Remember that anything you share on social media is there forever, and anyone can see it including employers and hackers.