As part of our National Cybersecurity Awareness Month blog series, we continue with this year's theme, “OWN IT. SECURE IT. PROTECT IT.” This week we focus on "OWN IT," which is all about understanding your digital profile. Nowadays, most of us are connected to the internet nearly 24/7, allowing us to be more innovative and productive, but this also opens up more opportutnities for cybersecurity threats. Understanding your devices and the apps you use, such as social media apps, will help keep you safe.

Safe social media posting is a big part of cybersecurity. By the year 2021, 3.02 billion people will be on social media worldwide. With 1/3 of the world's population on social media today, sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn make you the perfect targets for cybersecurity scams.

Here are our top 5 tips to stay safe on social media:
1. Use a strong password, the longer it is, the more secure it will be, and use a different password for each of your social media accounts.
2. Set up your security answers. This option is available for most social media sites.
3. If you have social media apps on your phone, be sure to password protect your device.
4. Be selective with friend requests. If you don’t know the person, don’t accept their request. It could be a fake account.
5. Click links with caution. Social media accounts are regularly hacked. Look out for language or content that does not sound like something your friend would post.

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