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April 17, 2011

Public Safety Canada published new guidelines , providing some of the risks associated with using Webmail, Smartphones & Social Media – and how to apply best practices to security and protecting yourself while enjoying social networking sites.

Particular threats include Koobface¬ – a computer virus targeted at Facebook, Twitter and MySpace social networking sites’ users. Malicious viruses are still being reported.

A number of Facebook scams exist – some due to exposed personal information.

Webmail continues to be targeted by scammers – so be careful of potential data loss – or other sensitive and private information.

Smartphones are the latest frontier for scammers. In fact, McAfee, a leading antivirus firm is predicting that 2011 will see large increases in the targeting of smartphones for exploitation.

How do you protect yourself?

1. Read Facebook’s privacy policies when you are setting up your account.
▪ http://www.facebook.com/privacy/explanation.php

http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=419

2. Socialize securely – using social networking services.

http://www.us-cert.gov/reading_room/safe_social_networking.pdf

3. Protect and manage your digital identity.

http://isc.sans.edu/diary/Cyber+Security+Awareness+Month++Day+12++Protecting+and+Managing+Your+Digital+Identity+On+Social+Media+Sites+/9733

4. Webmail security checklist:

http://mail.google.com/support/bin/static.py?page=checklist.cs&tab=29488

5. Smartphone security:

http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-124/SP800-124.pdf

http://www.cse-cst.gc.ca/its-sti/services/csg-cspc/csg-cspc05l-eng.html

http://www.cse-cst.gc.ca/its-sti/services/csg-cspc/index-eng.html

http://www.cse-cst.gc.ca/its-sti/publications/itspsr-rpssti/index-eng.html

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