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Fact Sheet - Social media safety

Updated: Dec 30, 2021


Social media helps people share information, stay in touch with friends, family, and co-workers regardless of where they live, and helps authorities share important information to the community. Social media, like any other tool, can however be misused. Here are some tips on staying safer when using social media.


1. Don’t overshare - Be cautious about what you are sharing online. Think about how it could be misused by criminals in physical or cyber space.

2. Check permissions – What does the social media site or app have access to? Does it need that access? Restrict the access to what it needs to function.

3. Check connection requests – Do you know the person who wishes to befriend you on social media? Can you verify the account that wishes to connect with you belongs to a person you know?

4. Be cautious of expensive giveaway posts or links - As always if it sounds too good to be true it probably is! Fake giveaways may be used to increase a page’s popularity, or the link may go to malware or credential phishing.

5. Privacy settings enabled - ensure your social media accounts are set up in a way that most protects your privacy to the level you are comfortable.

6. Block and report – If you are bullied, harassed or subject to inappropriate content on social media block the account/s and report them to the social media site and other authorities if relevant.

7. Passwords – Use unique and strong passwords for each social media account.

8. Beware of phishing – Phishing for information and credentials not only occurs via email.

9. Beware of fraud – If you receive a message on social media sharing an amazing financial opportunity or professing a sudden relationship interest, beware! This may be a fraud attempt.

10. What is on the internet is there to stay – you may delete it, but who has already shared it or screen captured it?


What to do if you are a victim of cybercrime

• Australia, please report the matter via https://www.cyber.gov.au/report

• UK, please report via report.ncsc.gov.uk

• USA, please report via https://www.ic3.gov/


© C. Byrnes and A. Turner 2021 https://www.demystifycyber.com.au/

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