Keep these things off Facebook

Welcome to a Cyber Security update from Hawaii Science Digest.

Today’s post concerns the danger of revealing too much information on social networks such as Facebook.

Views expressed in this post are those of the reporters and correspondents.

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A few days ago, I ran across this sobering article by reporter Jess Bolluyt.  In this brief report, Bolluyt warns us that our ties to social media may be compromising our personal life, finances, and even our job security.

Most of us who use popular media sites such as Facebook don’t realize just how vulnerable they are to hackers, cyber criminals, and state-supported intelligence gathering agencies.

I’ve been a victim of identity theft, and I can tell you it’s no fun purging your personal records, changing bank accounts, and restoring damaged credit.  In my case, a hacked email address opened the door to some internet behavior which not only damaged several of my websites, but also compromised my financial affairs.

So, the article by Jess Bolluyt caught my eye and forced me to re-evaluate just how much I should really reveal online.

Bolluyt describes 18 things you should never post on the internet or through social media.

These are the things that should never be discussed on social media:

Personal data and financial security.

Clues to your passwords.

Information about your location.

Your travel plans.

Humble brags.

Posts that reveal too much personal information.

Embarrassing photos.

Photos of your children.

Complaints about your job.

Information about what you’re doing at your job.

Other people’s news.

Offensive jokes and posts.

Gossip or personal attacks.

Facebook hoaxes.

Medical misinformation.

Having been in the security business, I can tell you nothing really disappears from the internet.  There is always a way to bring up your past and exploit it for someone’s personal gain.  Sometimes, I think we are too trusting and don’t take the time to protect ourselves online.

If you use email frequently, please use an encryption service and change your passwords as needed.

If you have an internet website (such as this one), please use security and anti-malware plugins.

While technology and scientific advances are making communications easier and more efficient, our social media are ripe targets for cyber criminals and hackers.  Protect yourself.

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts (the daily update). (breaking science and technology news).


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