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It’s a date: Join ITS Feb. 11 for Valentine-themed Cats, Coffee and Cybersecurity tips

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and you want to profess your love. But think twice about doing so with an intimate photo, and have a plan to defend your data. Join Information Technology Services 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, Feb. 11 in the Mountainlair for free coffee and Spy Cat’s cybersecurity tips on protecting your nine digital lives.

This “Cats, Coffee and Cybersecurity” event will focus on safe sexting and how to fight back if you become the target of revenge porn. Don’t have time to stop by? Follow @StaySafeOnline and the #UpdateMeow campaign, as well as @WVUITServices.

Spy Cat suggests: 

  1. Send implied instead of explicit nudes. Avoid showing your face, apartment or easily identifiable birthmarks, tattoos or body piercings.
  2. Use an encrypted messaging app such as Signal, Telegram or Viber. Avoid sharing private information via Facebook Messenger, Skype, Instagram, Snapchat or WhatsApp.
  3. Use an EXIF remover app to delete metadata from your photos. Image properties can store the device name, location, date and time a photo was taken, effectively identifying you.
  4. Use a single, secure device to send messages. If your iPhone is connected to your iPad through iMessage, the iPad sitting on your coffee table will also display what your phone receives.
  5. Delete the photo. If you must save a photo, save it onto an encrypted, password-protected USB device that you keep in a secure place.

Remember, even if you voluntarily share private images with someone, it’s illegal for the recipient to share them without your written consent. Breakups can be bad, so fight back if you become a victim of revenge porn.