October is Cyber Security Awareness Month
Oversharing and Geotagging
Never click and tell.
Everyone seems to be posting their information on social media - from personal addresses to where they like to grab coffee. You may figure, if everyone’s doing it, why can’t I?
What many people don’t realize is that these seemingly random details are all criminals need to know to target you, your loved ones, and even your physical belongings—online and in the real world. Avoid posting names, phone numbers, addresses, school and work locations, and other sensitive information (whether it’s in the text or in the photo you took). Disable geotagging, which allows anyone to see where you are—and where you aren’t—at any given time.
While it’s tempting to do otherwise, limit your social networks to people you actually do know in real life, and set your privacy preferences to the most restrictive settings.
*This information is courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security as part of the 2018 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.