{"175667":{"id":"175667","parent":"0","time":"1592602690","url":"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2020\/06\/19\/social-media-and-opsec-how-much-information-are-you-giving-away\/","category":"m\u00e9dias","title":"Social Media and Opsec: How Much Information Are You Giving Away?","image":"","hub":"newsnet","url-explicit":"social-media-and-opsec-how-much-information-are-you-giving-away","admin":"newsnet","views":"138","priority":"2","length":"7964","lang":"en","content":"\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003E\u003Ci\u003EJ.G. Martinez D.\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EFor many, the current situation has brought us lessons to learn. \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.theorganicprepper.com\/covid-19-in-venezuela\"\u003EQuarantine, crisis, and collapse\u003C\/a\u003E: all of these events bring consequences that impact like a ton of bricks. With the lack of decent jobs available (something that in Venezuela has been hard to find since somewhere around 2012) it has been normal to see an increase in crime. A young, uneducated population, will look for the means to provide for themselves in any manner they choose, including finding victims on social media. Add drug and alcohol addiction and things can go to hell in a hand-basket very quickly.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ci\u003E\u003Cb\u003EEditor's Note:\u003C\/b\u003E Every time we post about social media, we get a barrage of comments about how you, personally, don't use it. I realize not everyone uses social media, but billions of people do. Some people must maintain profiles for work or business purposes. If this information isn't applicable to you, personally, it might be helpful for someone you love, or this just might not be an article for you. - Daisy\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003EA recent experience has made me realize my paranoia is justified.\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EEven though I know better, I can be unwary sometimes, but not without good cause. If we are not careful with what we share on social media it becomes inevitable that we will expose our entire lives to predators. There are criminals watching for our personal information. What these criminals find on social media can lead to very dangerous situations. I can not give you the details, but using my own experience, I can offer suggestions that you may find useful in certain situations.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIn current times it is best not to brag. These days I believe it is the ghost-like man and his family who survive and thrive. While it may seem celebrities are living a superb life, we do not know what is truly going on. Leave the red carpet for the Kardashians. Personally, I'd prefer living on top of a mountain, filtering rainwater to drink, and watching my family asleep around the fire in our humble cottage. Free, happy, and healthy, knowing that I am not a slave to the system and neither is my family.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003EMy advice? Be discreet.\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EUse social media \u003Ci\u003Eonly\u003C\/i\u003E as a place to hang out and casually joke. Sharing sensitive info is never advised. My main motivation is to provide my readers with reliable information: real boots on the ground information. Sometimes, I get distracted and post comments that I should not. My recent experience has taught me there ARE people out there, some who are psychologically compromised, that believe things to be true that are not. Social media profiles may contain personal information which is surely being monitored by one or more of these lowlifes. Trust me: my intention is not to scare anyone. On the contrary, it is to make my readers aware of this. No matter if you are a senior lady without a dime or a wealthy, educated retired college teacher: someone is out there looking for this personal information. I limit my comments and mainly use Facebook due to my association with \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.theorganicprepper.com\"\u003Ethe Organic Prepper\u003C\/a\u003E.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ESome people I know, who are close to me, have had quite traumatic experiences with social media. They are not wealthy, they live in a decent place, drive not-so-old cars. Although with the levels Venezuela has been at for the last 20 years, I guess some lowlife could consider them wealthy enough. These people I know live in a frontier city; this means criminals usually know that after committing a crime there, once they cross the border, they will be relatively safe.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003ESocial media for work only is best.\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIt is very important to know that all the information we post online is available to everyone, everywhere. Going completely offline is possible, but in a modern economy, is it really practical? How do we sell our products, if we are homesteaders, without belonging to a group or some online community? Sure, we could use the old-style phone calls, telemarketing style but it is highly time-consuming and maybe impractical compared to other methods, to achieve our goals.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EUsing social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) exclusively for our work is the best approach. Our personal lives do not need to be known by others. Especially those who may be looking for a way to take advantage of someone they have chosen as prey. Don't post about your armory or your panic room, your pantry full of food, nor your score in the range on social media. These criminals will know you're not a piece of cake, and take it on as a challenge. The last thing you want is to face a bad guy who knows you may be armed.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EBy the way, these guys are usually NOT the stereotypical lonely psycho you see in the movies. They often attack in packs: two, three, or even four against one person they have found worthy. One or two of them will come in close, the others will be nearby, just in case things get ugly. Even if you neutralize two of them, the remaining others will hunt you down, just because they can. They can't afford to allow a civilian to face them and win. Many of them are linked to the \"uniforms\", who provide them guns, ammo, and even transport and protection. Although, the \"uniforms\" sometimes \u003Ci\u003Eare\u003C\/i\u003E the perpetrators.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003EAsk yourself the following questions.\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EWhat important information might you be giving away on social media?\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cul\u003EWhat would a predator checking your profile be looking for?\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EWhat would look interesting to potential thieves?\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIs any of the following information on your profile?\u003Cbr \/\u003E\n\u003Cul\u003E\u003Cli\u003ESchedules?\u003C\/li\u003E\u003Cli\u003ENumber of persons living at home?\u003C\/li\u003E\u003Cli\u003EGuard dog?\u003C\/li\u003E\u003Cli\u003EGun proficiency?\u003C\/li\u003E\u003Cli\u003EOther defense means?\u003C\/li\u003E\u003Cli\u003EFancy cars? Furniture? Jewelry? Expensive phones \/ electronics?\u003C\/li\u003E\u003C\/ul\u003E\u003Cli\u003EDo you travel a lot?\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EDo you work so often that your house is mostly empty?\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EDo you know personally all of those in your profile?\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EDo you suspect any \"friend\" profiles are fake?\u003C\/li\u003E\u003C\/ul\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EDo you really want your information online...forever? \u003Ci\u003E(once online, it stays online)\u003C\/i\u003E None of this should be in any of your social media profiles.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003EPredators know that kids are a good source of information.\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EKids talk. Especially to friendly adults. Predators know kids will feel \"grown-up\" if an adult speaks to them. Sadly, these criminals are only gathering information for an attack. When my older son was around 14 or 15, someone began asking him questions. My son quickly realized this thug had bad intentions and gave him fake information. But, do not underestimate these predators. They are smart, and most of them know when they are being lied to.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIf you are able, download and save a photo of anyone who asks you for information that is suspicious.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIn Venezuela, the upper-class neighborhoods and the poor neighborhoods are only separated by a few hundred meters. I am not saying that people living in poor neighborhoods are criminals, but the criminals are likely to live in those poor neighborhoods. So, if you are driving a shiny new car, every day, by the poor barrio, you will likely end up being targeted. If you are also sharing your personal information and your schedules and routines on social media, some of those criminals will be watching you.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThis article does not go into how the social media companies themselves are using your information. That's also a risk to your personal security and privacy.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003EDo you have any other tips for keeping your social media profile secure?\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EI hope this information has been useful in optimizing your OPSEC (operational security). We just never know who has been browsing social media for hours, gathering information needed to put together a portfolio of potential victims. One of those victims could be you.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThanks for your comments, and your support to keep me writing!\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ci\u003EStay safe,\u003Cbr \/\u003E\nJose\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.theorganicprepper.com\/social-media-and-your-opsec\"\u003Etheorganicprepper.com\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2020\/06\/19\/social-media-and-opsec-how-much-information-are-you-giving-away\/\"\u003Estrategic-culture.org\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}