Internet Safety Do you have a web log (blog), personal or family web page, or use instant messaging? If so, realize there can be risks associated with using these forms of media. IS THERE REALLY A RISK? Estimates show that approximately 900 MILLION people have Internet access. Realize not everyone on the Internet is a patriotic American. If you are going to post information out on the worldwide web consider the audience 900 Million people! Some people use the Internet for disreputable purposes to engage in illegal practices such as identity theft, or even worse, use social engineering tactics to exploit you or your family. If you are going to use blogs, personal web pages or instant messaging, be sure to keep safety in mind while doing so. Additionally be careful not to divulge sensitive personal information i.e. phone numbers and vacation dates. Also take caution about the pictures you post on the Internet from your work/home environment. These can be valuable to our adversaries and internet praetors. Be courteous when posting information about colleagues, friends and family. You can help keep your family safe by: Not posting information about upcoming Vacations. Not giving details about what kind of work your family member performs such as over the road trucker driver or late shift. If your spouse is gone on a trip, dont give details about the location or the activities of your spouse as you have just told the world your along. Remember terrorists could be viewing your blogs and web pages! Realize that even if you install security protocols or password protection on your blog or personal web page theyre not fool proof! Refrain from posting specific identifying information such as your phone number and address Dont provide information that would allow someone to find you or your family. Writing about the school your child attends along pictures of your children are potential clues to help predators locate you or your family Dont post your email address on your page. Small town Internet host providers and personal information contained in your email address can be another clue. Rangerskid@smalltownisp.com Realize the bad guys (terrorists, and criminals) are out there just waiting to take advantage of others. Help keep your family safe by using some common sence. INTERNET SAFETY REMINDERS Here are a few tips to consider when posting information accessible to the worldwide web: Think before you post - once its out there its gone! Dont post inappropriate or embarrassing information about yourself or others Use caution when posting photographs Establish security protocols on your blog or web page such as encryption or password protection. However, realize these are not fool proof If you dont want the information to wind up in the Washington Post then dont put it on your site If you dont want AlQaida to know where you or your family member is and what goes on there than dont post it on your site Realize criminals use the Internet too. Dont post information about yourself or your family members that would increase the risk of identity theft or other forms of exploitation.