Eighty-six percent of U.S. adults also took precautionary measures to make their accounts more secure once they were aware of being hacked. The majority of people changed their passwords (61 percent) followed by changing or updating their security settings (57 percent), removing personal information (33 percent) and deleting their account all together (11 percent)."Cybercriminals are incredibly inventive in finding ways to obtain victims' personal information, which makes it important to educate people on how to combat criminals," said Dennis Bonilla, executive dean for the College of Information Systems and Technology at University of Phoenix. "With cybercriminal savvy on the rise, it's important that University of Phoenix not only provides consumers with the know-how to safely and smartly use social media, but that we prepare, educate and train a future workforce to address these issues." University of Phoenix® College of Information Systems and Technology offers associates, bachelor and master's degree, as well as certificates, in cybersecurity through the newly created Cybersecurity and Security Operations Institute. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cyber security jobs are expected to grow 37 percent between 2012 and 2022. University of Phoenix cyber security degree programs educate students in cryptography, enterprise security and systems audit, which enable students to pursue careers after graduation. For more information about each of these programs, including on-time completion rates, the median debt incurred by students who completed the program and other important information, please visit: phoenix.edu/programs/gainful-employment. _____________ 1 Pew Research Center: Social Media Usage: 2005-2015 2 Symantec: Internet Security Threat Report, April 2015, page 12 3 Symantec: Internet Security Threat Report, April 2015, page 12 Tips to avoid being hacked To maximize the benefits of social media as a tool to connect with family and friends, news and entertainment, business and shopping and more, while ensuring the safety of personal information, Konzen offers the following tips to stay safe on social media:
- Remember that nothing you post online can be completely deleted. Just because you delete a photo or status doesn't mean it still can't be found. If it isn't something you want public, don't post it online.
- Protect your social media passwords. Hackers can easily access accounts with simple passwords, like pet names or birthdays. To protect passwords, use sites like www.agilebits.com/onepassword and make sure passwords utilize letters, numbers and characters.
- Use anonymity networks like Tor (The Onion Router) or virtual private network (VPN) on public Wi-Fi. Public hotspots often aren't as secure as we believe. Social media sites don't have secure logins, so passwords and info can be stolen. Only use secure networks or use Tor or VPN, which enhance online privacy and security, if you have to use public Wi-Fi.
- Limit the personal information you post on social media. Posting too much personal information can make you an easy target for hackers. Search for yourself online and see what information is available to everyone - you may be surprised.
- Only connect with people you know. Having hundreds of social media "friends" sounds great in practice, but you could be connecting with hackers who only want to steal your information. Only follow/friend or accept requests from people you know.