According to Stop. Think. Connect. (the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity awareness program), 43% of teens experience cyberbullying, and 1 in 5 teen internet users “have received an unwanted sexual advance online.” Meanwhile, 31% of identity theft complaints to the Federal Trade Commission are made by young adults. This theft may be the result of web-based attacks or scams, like phishing (where a con artist poses as a legitimate company to steal sensitive information like passwords).
It’s clear: protecting yourself online — and being selective about what you share online — is essential to your safety, both now and in the future.
The strong and secure online habits outlined below can help.