Microsoft advises to watch out for own “online reputation”

24 November 2012, 11:13

Publication on the Internet, especially on social networks, of personal information may harm the reputation of those users at work or school, as well as provoke criminals to take actions against them. This was stressed by the representative of Microsoft in Ukraine Ihor Malchenyuk during the session “Cybersecurity – a challenge to today's world” at the 1st Youth Kyiv Security Forum “Human security in international relations: foreign policy for people”.

“In college, university, at work all have to remember about their “online reputation,” he said.

Ihor Malchenyuk pointed out the fact that in the modern era of the Internet most people are actively using social networks, but at the same time not all pay attention to their vulnerability. “One has to be careful with posting personal information, personal photos and video on social networks. This can damage both your reputation at work or school, as well as attract criminals,” he said.

According to him, statistics indicates that 72% of employers had experienced refusal of employment to candidates in connection with some of their personal materials published on social networks. “It is important to remember that you lose control immediately after the publication of your post and it will always be on the Internet,” - said the representative of Microsoft. In addition, research conducted in Ukraine, shows that 78% of high school students publish their real address on social networks - a fact which greatly increases the “attractiveness” of these people in the eyes of crooks and criminals. The expert also advised not to add too many unknown people to your friend list on social networks, it's not about “your popularity, but your safety.” “By adding someone as a friend, you give them access to your address, your contacts,” he pointed out.

Ihor Malchenyuk is convinced that there is no need share absolutely all of your moods online. “Do not post what you can only tell close friend including feelings – otherwise you risk becoming the object of “trolling”, or fraud,” he said. The expert also stressed that when following the rules of tolerance, remember this rule - “do not type on the Internet what you would not write on your t-shirt.”

Particular attention should be given to passwords on the internet, which should be very personal and not known to outsiders. At the same time, passwords to email, social networks must be different and strong. “One way to create a strong password is to use the first letters of words from a sentence, which has meaning just for you personally, while using mixed upper and lower case letters as well as numbers and symbols to replace individual letters,” shared experiences I. Malchenyuk.

He also reminded “the simple truth” of “surfing” the Internet – only download from sites with good reputation, carefully follow links, pay attention to the message sender and think well before opening attachments. When using a Wi-Fi network, only the most secure connection should be chosen - “even if you have to pay for it.” “Never turn off your firewall that creates a barrier between your computer and the Internet, disabling it even for a minute increases risks. In addition, always defend against malicious software, by installing only legitimate antivirus and antispyware software from trusted sources.” recommend Microsoft representative.

“It's like with a car. You don’t have to know every detail of cyber security, but at least the basics – you must,” summed I. Malchenyuk.

1st Youth Kyiv Security Forum will be held November 23-24 and will bring young experts from over 10 countries to discuss the importance of human security in the development of international relations. Guest speakers for young people will include specialists from Japan, Germany, USA, Switzerland, the Netherlands, as well as representatives of international organizations in Ukraine, including the UN, NATO, EU.

The Youth Forum is made possible through a partnership with Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Regional Representation of Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine, and with the support of The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (a project of German Marshall Fund, USA), Center of NATO Information and Documentation in Ukraine, Democratic Control of Armed Forces (Switzerland) and the Center for International and European Studies at Kadir Has University (Turkey).