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:
implied instead of explicit nudes. Avoid showing your face, apartment or easily
identifiable birthmarks, tattoos or body piercings.
- Use an
encrypted messaging app such as Signal, Telegram or Viber. Avoid sharing
private information via Facebook Messenger, Skype, Instagram, Snapchat or WhatsApp.
- 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
- 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.
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.
- The Cyber
Civil Rights Initiative Online Removal Guide has instructions for reporting
and requesting removal of explicit photographs of you online.
Legal Services for help with issues that may require legal
of Student Conduct to report incidents involving another WVU
Center if you experience psychological distress. Free and confidential
drop-in appointments are available weekdays from 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m.