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NEWS | Oct. 12, 2016

Crossing the Digital Street - everyday steps to online safety

By Airman First Class Andrew Nelson 628th Air Base Wing Cybersecurity Office

In today’s ever expanding cyber world, internet safety is increasingly important. With safety always being the number one concern in the real world, we should treat the cyber world accordingly. Using smart tips will go a long way toward protecting you on the internet:

·         Personal Information

The internet provides numerous opportunities for private information to be made public. Unfortunately, this can make you vulnerable to identify theft, cyberstalking, etc. Be careful  what you post or access on the internet and safeguard your personal information.

·         Posting Online

These days it is not uncommon for a person to be part of one or more social networking sites, posting everything from funny jokes to political views. We all have our own opinions but, be aware, once you post a private thought it becomes a public statement which can be linked to you and seen by anyone. Always think before you release anything on the internet and make sure it’s suitable for the general public.

·         Sharing Pictures

Sharing photos on social media of good times with family and friends is common practice in today’s cyber world. The problems can arise when sensitive information (i.e. home address, license plate, etc.) is visible in the background. Always scan pictures before posting and crop or blur out anything you don’t want others to see.

·         Privacy Policies

By purchasing items online you may be vulnerable to having your information being shared with a third party. Always check the privacy policy before making a purchase online, your information should never be shared or sold to anyone else.

·         Phishing attempts

Phishing is the activity of obtaining the financial information of an online account holder  by posing as a legitimate company. This is fraud.  PayPal and eBay sites are some of the most common targets when it comes to phishing scams. Always verify the intended site directly before submitting any personal information.

·         Account Monitoring

Shopping online has made life much easier but always keep an eye on your purchases to ensure you are only charged for what you purchased. If you see something you don’t recognize on your account activity, contact your credit card company as soon as possible.

             ***Cyber Security is EVERYONE’S responsibility***