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Posted by Transylvania County on July 14, 2020

With people spending more time at home social distancing, many are also spending more time on social media.  Facebook, Snap Chat, Instagram, Tic Toc, etc. are all great ways to stay connected virtually.  However, we have been made aware here locally of various issues related to social media, which prompted the following reminders:


Know what action to take.  If someone is harassing or threatening you, remove them from your friends list, block them and report them to the site administrator.


Keep security software current.  Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.


Own your online presence.  When applicable, set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s OK to limit how and with whom you share information.


Make your passphrase a sentence.  A strong passphrase is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember (for example, “I love banana pudding.”). On many sites, you can even use spaces.


Having separate passphrases for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals. At a minimum, separate your work and personal accounts and make sure that your critical accounts have the strongest passphrases.  Unique accounts should have unique pass phrases.


Links in email, tweets, posts and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.  When in doubt, throw it out!


Post only about others as you would have them post about you.  The Golden Rule applies online as well.


Source: National Cyber Security Alliance