Summer 2017

Northwest Farm Credit: Rural, Real Estate, Operating Loans; Farm Loans; Country Home Loans; Lot Loans; Equipment Financing; Young and Beginning Producers; Crop Insurance; Business Management Education; Property Appraisals

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S E C U R I T Y A W A R E N E S S security awareness Social Engineers Love Social Media "We've seen a drastic uptick in social media scams over the past year," reported John Kane, author of the Internet Crime Complaint Center's annual report on computer crime. Social engineering is especially dangerous in social media because most social media users are in the habit of speaking freely about sensitive information with little to no thought about who might be eavesdropping. With just a few clicks, posts and messages, you could give away enough personal information to compromise your privacy and open yourself up to identity theft. So that's why it's critical that you know how to protect yourself when using these sites. Here are a few tips to use social media wisely: 1. Protect your personal information. On social media, know that your status updates, profile and daily activities could be used by thieves to steal your identity. You can make it harder for thieves by setting your profile settings to private so your friends are the only people who can view your information. 2. Remember the internet is permanent. Assume that once you put information on the site, it stays there forever. Even if you delete the account, you don't know if someone has already printed/copied your text or photos off of it. 3. Be selective when accepting a friend. Do you really know that their profile is real and not fake? Only "friend" people you know in the real world. 4. Exercise caution when clicking on links, even from friends. Hackers prey on social networks because you are more likely to click on something from your friends. Also be wary of offers with the word "free" in them, or ones that sound too good to be true — they usually are! 5. Manage your privacy settings. Make sure that you are sharing information only with friends and family and check them regularly in case there are any changes. 6. Be aware of the fact that the information you share on one social network may be linked to another. For instance, a photo you post to Twitter may automatically post to your Facebook profile. 7. Don't reveal personal information. Be suspicious of anyone who asks for your personal information online and never share your home address, phone number, Social Security number or other personal identifying information. Follow these precautions and beware of thieves using the social media accounts of others to solicit you for information or money. 17 Northwest Farm Credit Services You have a new status update: "A thief is enjoying a vacation to Hawaii – and YOU paid for it!" Impossible you say? On a recent phishing expedition, identity thieves used fake login pages to catch usernames and passwords from the social networking site facebook.com. They first spammed Facebook users through the site's mail system with one-line messages containing a website that mimicked Facebook's login screen. When users tried to log in, the identity thieves stole their Facebook credentials. John Whalen, CISSP • Director-Information Security

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