Social Networking Security and Privacy PowerPoint

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Own Your Space
Definitions and Terms
Passwords, Systems, Networks
Things to Keep in Mind
Service Specific Configuration Options
Own Your Space
A Guide to Facebook Security
• A guide to risks and security features of
• Available in English since August 2011
• Translated into seven languages
• Arabic version available in mid February 2012
• (guide)
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Types of Services
• Networking
– Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, Twitter
• Content Sharing
– Pinterest, Facebook, Dropbox, Google Drive
• Location-based Services
– foursquare, Google Latitude, Facebook, Gowalla
Types of Protection
• Security
– Prevention of malicious action to systems, info
• Safety
– Prevention from physical or mental harm
• Privacy
– Prevention of exposing sensitive or private info
Default Privacy Modes
• “Mostly open”
– The default sharing mode is public
– You must choose to keep content private
• “Mostly closed”
– The default sharing mode is private
– You must choose to share content
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Why is it free?
• If a service does not charge you money,
then you are paying in other ways
– Marketing and Advertising
– Privacy
• Facebook has 1 Billion monthly active users
– Revenues for Q2’12: $1.18 Billion, 84% from ads
• Linkedin Marketing Solutions: $63.1 Million
• Twitter uses Promoted Tweets based on you
What are the risks?
Legal Proceedings
What should I do?
• Realize that social networking is not free
• Review the security/privacy settings of sites
you use periodically
• Stop using it!?
• Deactivate or delete your accounts!?
• Extract your data
• Assume the worst case scenario is possible
– Prepare for it
Your Memory and System Have Issues
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Passwords and Password Tools
• Weak/short passwords can be discovered
– Brute password breaking is cheaper today
• Strong passwords are needed, everywhere
• You have too many passwords to remember!
• Use a password tool to manage passwords
– 1Password, LastPass, PasswordSafe, RoboForm
– Browser integration, mobile platforms
• Use one-time password systems
System Security
• Stay up to date with software
– Especially Flash Player, Java, web browsers
• Upgrade your OS!
– XP is now 11 years old; support ended in 2009
• Remove internet software you do not use
• Install anti-malware software
– If it’s a Purdue system, this is software is free!
– Make sure it’s updating
• Your regular account should not be an admin
Network Security
• Avoid using open WiFi connections
– A WPA2 connection with public password is safer
• Use a virtual private network (VPN)
– Purdue’s VPN available to Career Account users
• Enable your OS or anti-malware firewall
• Enable your home router’s firewall for devices
• Disconnect your system from the network
when not needed
Things to Keep in Mind
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Content Sharing Privacy
• Before you post, ask the following:
– Will this post/picture cause a problem for me?
– Can I say this in front of my mother?
Divide your Friends into groups, lists, or circles
Limit the number of people that see it
Share public information with the public
Share inner thoughts and personal feelings
with close friends
Networking Privacy
• Do not Friend or Connect with people that
you have not met in person or know well
• Reject Friend requests and Connections
• Having a lot of Friends works can against you
– Facebook may ask you to identify your Friends
• Limit your visibility on services
Location Privacy and Safety
Limit your check-in information to friends only
Never check in at your home, school, work
A mayorship is a public “office”
Avoid public lists for a location
Do not let friends check you in
Review posts you are tagged in
Service Specific Configuration
Google Security and Privacy
• Enable 2-step verification
– Use Google Authenticator or text-based codes
– Applies to (almost) all Google services
Create Google+ circles based on sharing needs
Turn off geo location data in photos
Turn off “find my face” in photos and videos
Manage your Dashboard data
Facebook Security Tools
• Enable
– Secure Browsing
– Login Notifications (text and email)
– Login Approvals (text and mobile Code Generator)
• Select your Trusted Friends
• Review and Monitor
– Recognized Devices
– Active Sessions
• Delete old and unused Apps
Facebook Privacy Tools
• Limit App access to your data
• Set your default audience to Friends
• Customize your timeline content settings
– Who can post, tag you, tag reviews
– Disable tag suggestions for photos uploaded
• Limit search engine inclusion
• Limit third-party and social ads
• Limit info that can be included by others in apps
Dropbox Security and Privacy
Enable two-step verification
Disable LAN sync on laptops
Do not put sensitive data into Dropbox
Encrypt files if needed
Unlink old devices
Review Apps linked to your account
Turn on email for new devices and apps added
Review your shared folders periodically
Twitter Security and Privacy
• Enable Protect My Tweets
• Enable HTTPS
• Require personal information for password
• Disable location data for tweets
– Delete old location data too
Linkedin Privacy
• Turn off data sharing with third-party
apps and sites
• Consider changing your photo visibility,
activity broadcasts
• Remove Twitter access
• Disable ads from third-party sites
• Enable full-time SSL connections
Foursquare Privacy
• Do not include yourself in lists of people
checked into a location
• Do not earn mayorships
• Do not let friends check you into places
• Do not let venue managers see you
Stay Safe
Stay up to date on software and settings
Be selective when choosing friends
Using your thinkin’ before you’re tweetin’!
Be mysterious

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