Resources and Guides - Securing Knowledge
With the escalation of identity theft crimes that lead to drained bank accounts and ruined credit, more and more people are taking measures to protect themselves, including shredding paperwork, exercising caution with telephone callers, and safeguarding personal documents, identification, credit cards and checkbooks. However, criminals can also take advantage of information shared on the Internet for malicious purposes. With spear phishing –online attacks targeted at certain individuals – keyboards and trackpads become covert surveillance tools, ultimately enabling criminals to use your online footprint to threaten you in real life. Spear phishers peruse social media sites to find readily available personal information, like your name, family members, alma mater, and even your address. They scan your posts and photos for personal details they can use to gain your trust.
Knowing that your profiles could be monitored might be unnerving, but the right safeguards can establish a protective defense between you and would-be attackers. In fact, defending yourself and your family from social media attackers is similar to defending your home against thieves. Like your home, your online accounts can be protected with three key measures: locking down, taking precautions, and keeping watch.
Lockdown: hiding your posts from the public puts a padlock on your information.
Precaution: putting good social media practices in place protects your family in the same way an alarm system would.
Watchfulness: keeping an eye on your incoming communication is the best defense against infiltration, much like a vigilant neighborhood watch.
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