5 Things Sailors Need to Know About Social Media
5 Things Sailors Need to
Know About Social Media, Phishing, Security
By U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet Public
Fort Meade, Maryland – (NNS)
– October 8, 2014 – As the U.S. Navy remains ever vigilant, taking the fight to
the enemy, recent media reports have highlighted potential risk from information
carelessly or inadvertently shared on social media.
CMC Specialist Palmer Pinckney makes
updates to the official U.S. 7th Fleet Facebook social media site
There has also been a steady stream of reporting on criminal and other
malevolent cyber actors who seek information using hoax emails, also known as
phishing, to gain access to finances or other sensitive information.
Safety and security are always the highest priority for the Navy and
therefore the recent reports on social media risks and new or recycled phishing
scams do not necessarily mean there is an increased threat. The Navy, however,
can never let its guard down.
Private, personal, and sensitive information could become available to
adversaries or criminals via social media or phishing if service members and
their families do not practice operations security (OPSEC).
To avoid disclosing private, banking, and other sensitive information
publicly via social media, Sailors should keep in mind the following five things:
1. Never share anything online you would not tell directly to the enemy.
2. Never post private or personal information.
3. Assume any information you share electronically will be made public.
4. Phishing scams tend to have common characteristics that make them easy to
* Spelling and punctuation errors.
* Scare tactics to entice a target to provide personal information or follow
* Sensational subject lines to entice targets to click on attached links or
provide personal information.
* Include a redirect to malicious URL's which require you input usernames and
passwords to access.
* Try to appear genuine by using legitimate operational terms, key words and
accurate personal information.
* Fake or unknown sender.
5. When in doubt about a suspicious email from a supposed bank, call your
financial institutions or check with your command Information Assurance (IA)
lead. Your command IA can also assist with other types of suspicious email.
The Naval OPSEC Support Team, part of Navy Information Operations Command
Norfolk, highlights "Knowledge is power - for both you and the adversary," and
* Understand the value of your information.
* Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, online requests, or emails.
* Be suspicious when information about you and your family is requested.
* Always ask yourself, do they have the "need to know."
Ensure OPSEC is a way of life, 24/7/365. Navy leaders should remind Sailors
and their families to assess how they use social media with OPSEC in mind -- and
the need to best protect themselves, their loved ones, and all with whom they
It is everyone's responsibility help keep Sailors, civilians, and families
safe by not sharing personal or sensitive military information in email or in
any online environment.
For more information, and for links to OPSEC review materials, visit Naval
OPSEC Support Team's website at:
For presentations about social media and phishing, click the links below from
the Naval OPSEC Support Team's Slideshare collection:
Social media trends for ombudsmen:
Facebook privacy and account settings:
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