Safer Internet Day

My name is Eric Anderson and I’m the Information Systems Security Manager for the 115th Fighter Wing.

Safer Internet Day provides us an opportunity to educate and mentor children and young adults (and maybe some adults too) on ways they can make the internet a better place to work, play, and create.

The old saying goes “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet”. The weird thing was, the page I found this information on sited the quote as being from Abraham Lincoln. That may be kind of funny but there are cases where believing the wrong thing can cause some pretty serious problems.  A great example of this is the Romance Scam, which is a confidence trick where an individual pretends to have feelings for someone in order to gain access to their personal information or to get money from them.  Dating website and social media pages are common platforms for this type of con.  It never hurts to be a little suspicious when it comes to the internet.

On the topic of personal information, personal privacy is a big topic for this year’s Safer Internet Day.  It seems like every other day there’s a new data breach, or a different company has “lost” your information, but when you post a picture of your new credit card on Twitter, you’re making it really easy on the fraudsters.  That might be an extreme (and I’ve only seen it happen twice) but the reality is that anyone can see what you’re posting. A good rule of thumb is, if it’s something you wouldn’t say to/show your grandma, don’t post it.

Learn more about Safer Internet Day at http://saferinternetday.us/, https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/, or just search Safer Internet Day using your favorite search engine.

-Tech. Sgt Eric Anderson