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Social Media Cybersecurity


The following tip sheet and resources are invaluable tools for reducing cybersecurity risks and protecting yourself online. Additional Resources: National Cybersecurity Alliance and CISA.gov

Now more than ever, consumers spend increasing amounts of time on the Internet. With every social media account you sign up for, every picture you post, and status you update, you are sharing information about yourself with the world. How can you be proactive and “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart”? Take these simple steps to connect with confidence and safely navigate the social media world.

Did You Know?

  • In 2020 3.81 billion people worldwide now use social media worldwide. That’s an increase of more than 9% from 2019. Put another way: 49% of the total world population are using social networks.1
  • Digital consumers spend nearly 2.5 hours on social networks and social messaging every day.2

Simple Tips

  • Speak up if you’re uncomfortable. If a friend posts something about you that makes you uncomfortable or think is inappropriate, let them know. Likewise, stay open-minded if a friend approaches you because something you’ve posted makes him or her uncomfortable. People have different tolerances for how much the world knows about them, and it is important to respect those differences. Don’t hesitate to report any instance of cyberbullying you see.
  • Report suspicious or harassing activity. Work with your social media platform to report and possibly block harassing users. Report an incident if you’ve been a victim of cybercrime. Local and national authorities are ready to help you.
  • Remember, there is no ‘Delete’ button on the Internet. Share with care, because even if you delete a post or picture from your profile seconds after posting it, chances are someone still saw it.
  • Update your privacy settings. Set the privacy and security settings to your comfort level for information sharing. Disable geotagging, which allows anyone to see where you are—and where you aren’t—at any given time.
  • Connect only with people you trust. While some social networks might seem safer for connecting because of the limited personal information shared through them, keep your connections to people you know and trust.

1 Kemp, Simon. “Digital 2020: April Global Statshot Report.” We Are Social Inc. April 23, 2020. https://wearesocial.com/us/blog/2020/04/digital-around-the-world-in-april-2020

2 G., Deyan. “How Much Time Do People Spend on Social Media in 2020?” TechJury. June 18, 2020. https://techjury.net/blog/time-spent-on-social-media/

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