QuickTip Tuesday: Cyber Security

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Whether you want to admit it or not, social media is a growing part of our daily lives. Most of us use these tools in our personal life, scrolling and double-tapping to keep up with friends and family. In more recent years, we have shifted our focus from personal use to professional use. Many of you manage pages to promote your programming.
I am sure you are aware October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). The DASNR IT has done an excellent job with sharing tips and tricks to keep us safe. Today I am going to share five tips on how to stay safe while using social media.
#1) Passwords
Change your password at least every six months and make sure you follow the best security practices when choosing one. Mike Lane had some great tips in a recent blog post. Consider choosing different passwords for your various social media platforms.
#2) Two-Step Authentication
Facebook and Instagram have a great tool called two-step authentication. This is a safeguard and an extra layer to keep your accounts safe. I would highly encourage this to be turned on. Read more about this tool here.
#3) Consider A Password Keeper
A password manager, such as LastPass, can help generate strong passwords and also keep them secure. Even strong passwords, however, should be changed frequently. If you do not want to go this route, you can keep an excel sheet or a hard copy. Be sure to keep the excel sheet or hard copy in a safe place.
#4) Think Before You Click
Before clicking a link in your timeline, take a moment to review the site. Ask yourself a few questions: Is this a trusted source, is this story true or false, do I need to take this quiz, does this add value, or is it clickbait? There are so many third-party apps that pop up. Before you grant access, take a moment to review what information you are giving away.
#5) Friend Requests
Don’t accept friend requests from unknown individuals. Keep your friends list limited to those you know in real life. Once a year, take a moment to review connections; it is okay to unfriend/block/report. Remember, anyone can see the information you post, including your activities, location, and personal and professional life.

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