Cyber Security expert talks internet safety practices

CORDELE, Georgia – Brandon Walls, Chief Information Security Officer at Marquee Broadcasting, discusses with South Georgia Television viewers a few common best practices for internet safety for both adults and children.

Everyone shares the location of the restaurant they are eating at, the vacation spot they are visiting, and when they are at home on social media. We share every aspect of our lives with our “friends,” oblivious to the fact that there is a world of criminals feeding off of this wealth of freely shared knowledge.

Criminals frequently use reverse social engineering techniques to gain access to your critical accounts, such as your bank, using information that you post daily.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe while using the internet and all of its experiences.

Everyone should:

  • Remember to logout of the accounts you’ve accessed before leaving the terminal, even if it’s a home computer.
  • Never open an attachment from someone you don’t know. No matter how tempting! EX: (Subject Line: Free Vacation!)
  • Never share your password with anyone.
  • Never upload (post) pictures of yourself onto the Internet or on-line service to people youdo not personally know and NEVER upload explicit photos.
  • Never post vacation plans online. EX: (Status: Leaving tomorrow for a 7 day cruise!)
  • Never download pictures from an unknown source, as there is a good chance there could be sexually explicit images.
  • Never respond to messages or bulletin board postings that are suggestive, obscene, belligerent, or harassing.
  1. In addition to the list above, children should:
    • Never buy anything online without parental permission.
    • Never download or install software without parental permission.
    • Print out and report mean or insulting messages to your parents or to a teacher at school.
    • Never use imagines or messages that are hurtful or insulting to others.
    • Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you met on- line. NO MATTER WHAT! Parents should:
      • Keep the computer in a high-traffic area of your home.
      • Remember that Internet technology can be mobile, so make sure to monitor cell phones, gaming devices, and laptops.

Understand that whatever you are told on-line may or may not be true.

  • Establish clear limits for which online sites children may visit and for how long.
  • Create a favorites folder for sites your children are allowed to visit.
  • Know who is connecting with your children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming, and using webcams.
  • Periodically check your child’s postings and internet history.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your children about their internet activities and onlinesafety.
  • In addition to yourself, identify other safe people to talk with about uncomfortable or dangerous internet incidents.