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Protect Your Online Identity – Don’t Make These Social Media Mistakes

Social Media Security

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, so this month we’ll be featuring blogs that focus on keeping your online information protected. For more information visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam and keep checking the Payza blog for tips on keeping your important data secure.

Here at Payza we know better than most just how important cyber security really is. The online finance industry is the number one target for cybercriminals, so we dedicate a major portion of our resources to securing the Payza payment platform from threats using the latest technologies and best practices. With 128-bit SSL encryption, website review for all of our merchants, a strict Know-Your-Customer policy, and the FraudMatrix, our proprietary, state-of-the-art real-time monitoring platform, Payza is fully committed to providing you with the most secure e-commerce experience.

We also do our part to ensure that all of our members and merchants, as well as the public at large, are informed and educated about online security. There are many ways that cybercriminals will try to steal your information and access your money without having to go through our system, so it’s absolutely necessary that you are diligent in your online security practices. It is only with your cooperation that we can make the internet a truly safe place.

Personal Information for All to See

Most people put themselves at risk without even realizing it. According to a recent survey from Visa, 58% of Americans admitted to publishing sensitive personal information on social media! It’s the goal of National Cyber Security Awareness Month to put an end to irresponsible behaviours such as these:

  • 7% of Americans have published their social security number on social media.
  • 20% have published their home address.
  • 15% shared their upcoming travel dates, making themselves an easy target for burglars.

You can never be too careful! Even information that may seem inconsequential can contribute to the risk of identity theft:

  • 50% of those surveyed have published their birth date.
  • 29% have published their phone number.
  • 14% have published their mother’s maiden name.

These behaviors show that often times, even the most basic practice of online security is being ignored. This is why we at Payza take so much time to inform our members, merchants and the general public about the importance of cyber security not just in October, but all year round.

Some Things are Better Kept Private

There is some information that you should just keep to yourself. It is easy to think that a Facebook conversation is just between you and your friends, but public posts on a Company Page can usually be viewed by anyone, this isn’t the place to pass your friends your new phone number or your address.

An easy rule to remember is if you aren’t comfortable with a criminal or scam artist getting access to the information you’re about to post, don’t publish it on social media. It is also important to pay attention to the information you write in your Social Media profiles. The security settings on most networks allow you to restrict who can see this information and who can’t, but it’s usually still a good idea not to fill in your personal phone number or your home address.

Just taking these basic steps will help protect your identity and make it harder for cybercriminals to make you a target. Don’t forget to read our other posts about Online Security for more helpful tips.