Keeping you safer online

Five ways to safeguard

your employer's most important information

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Facebook Faces a $5 Billion Fine

The penalty, related to privacy violations, is a reminder to check your privacy settings.

The US Federal Trade Commission is proposing to fine Facebook up to $5 billion, saying the company has harmed consumers in how it used and secured their personal information.

The penalty involves Facebook's practice in recent years of sharing user data with other companies without permission. 

Because Facebook does not charge you to use its products, the company makes its money selling advertising tailored to what it knows about you.

How many weeks of revenues does a $5 billion fine represent to Facebook?

How many new Facebook user profiles are added every second?

How many billions of people use Facebook worldwide?

How fast is the company growing annually?

Take charge of your privacy:

Limit who can see what you post.

Review your Facebook privacy settings by first clicking on the    icon. Only "friends" should be able to view what you post.

On Instagram, first click on the 

icon, then the        icon, and then on "Privacy and Security." Now click the check box to turn on "Private Account."

WhatsApp users, begin by clicking on      , then the       icon, and then "Privacy." Choose "My Contacts" for who can see your personal info.

Sources: Fortune, Threatpost, Zephoria 

Beware of an email that appears to come from your employer's personnel department or payroll service. in some cases, the email instructs you to update the bank account where your paycheck is direct deposited. Entering your account information gives fraudsters access to it.

Or in the example below, the email instructs you to click and download a document from the "payroll company." Doing so will install malware on the computer. 

You can spot clues that this is a phishing email by grabbing the slider bar below and dragging it from left to right.

Source: IBM Security

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May 2019 a • Edition #69

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