There are a number of cyber issues that could significantly affect you, your families, and members of your community.
Identity theft is the illegal use of someone else's personal information in order to obtain money or credit.
- Identity theft can happen to anyone in any location across the country.
- How can you protect yourself against identity theft?
- Tip: Lock and password protect your computer and cell phone.
- Tip: Don’t share specific personal information online, such as your full name or birthday.
- Tip: Set proper privacy settings on social networking sites.
- If you think your identity has been compromised, take these steps and review resources available to you.
Fraud and Phishing
Fraud is the intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right.
Phishing is a scam by which an email user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information that the scammer can use illicitly or fraudulently.
- Fraud and phishing attacks may take the form of an authentic-looking website or a personalized email.
- How can you protect against fraud and phishing?
- Tip: Turn off the option to automatically download attachments.
- Tip: Save and scan any attachments before opening them.
- Tip: Before you provide any kind of information, call and verify with the source that they are indeed the ones who sent the email.
- If you think you are a victim of fraud or a phishing scam, take these steps and review resources available to you
Cyber Bullying and Ethics
Cyber bullying is the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person, often done anonymously.
Cyber ethics help Internet users understand what type of online behavior is right and wrong.
- Cyber bullying and poor cyber ethics are threats many teens and young adults face not from strangers, but from their own peers.
- Whatever anyone posts online about another person can be spread virally, resulting in serious, unwarranted damage to an individual’s reputation or personal well-being.
- What can you do if you are being bullied or notice someone else being bullied?
- Tip: Stand up for yourself or the person being bullied. Most bullying will stop when someone stands up for the victim.
- Tip: Report it to a trusted adult- a parent, teacher or neighbor.
- Avoid being a cyber bully and practice good cyber ethics.
- Tip: Follow the golden rule: be nice online and in real life.
- Tip: Don’t say or do anything online that you wouldn’t say or do in person.
- Tip: Own and take responsibility for your actions online. Visit the National Crime Prevention Council to learn more about cyber bullying.
Cyber predators are people who search online for other people in order to use, control, or harm them in some way.
- Cyber predators target teens and young adults – both male and female – on a regular basis, regardless of whether or not the victims are 18 or above.
- Social networking sites enhance a predator’s ability to target young Americans, especially if they share personal information in their profile.
- To protect yourself from cyber predators:
- Tip: Be aware - you never know who is behind the screen, so be protective of yourself and your personal information.
- Tip: If you are being targeted or harassed online, visit the Department of Justice.