Royal Bank Life Moments: Social Media group security

Royal Bank Life Moments: Social Media group security


Taking over the world one stitch at a time
is Glasgow’s Say it Ain’t Sew, a free sewing class that meet weekly in the city,
open to anyone who fancies picking up a needle and thread. Most of the group communication happens online
and they regularly plan meetings and events through their social media page . Hi , lovely to be here, how long as this group
been going? So we’ve been running for 7 years And how often do you meet up? Once a week every Tuesday night we meet here,
have a couple of drinks and sit and sew. It’s all hand sewing. Well let me get involved in that fun, right,
i’m gonna start with this and you guys advertise and communicate a lot through social media?
So how does all that work? We basically just bring everything together
via social media so instagram, twitter, facebook. We’ve not reached snap chat yet but we’re
thinking about doing that as well. So it’s really important to you then for
this group? Yeah, massively. And we’re all so dependent on our social
media, do you have any worries about that, the fact that everything is online, your business. I used to, i think that it really really handy
especially when i’m on the move, on the go. Yeah I use it for everything i suppose, like
online banking I kind of assume that it’s secure, because I just tend to trust it! What do you think of that? (Laughs) Amazing! It’s so sparkly!
To make sure our sewers avoid getting stitched up on the net I have invited Online Security
Expert Scott McGready to meet the group and give them some advice.
As a group you obviously want to market, you want to get as many people in, you don’t
want to be a closed off group. One of the things you could absolutely do
is recommend that your members up their social media security settings so if their security
settings on social media are pretty high it means that even if i can see the group, i
can see the members but i can’t see any more about them. Try and make your social media profiles as
private as you can. You never know who’s looking at it, its not just friends and family
it can be people wanting to target you, wanting to try and get something out of you whether
it’s your data or your money. Whenever i go out the first thing i do is
check in and join the wifi is that something i should be concerned about? One of the common ploys that happens is that
fake wifi hotspots are set up. Now i see that there’s about 5 or 6 devices on the table,
if you have a look at your settings, I guarantee that every single one of you will have wifi
set to on at the moment. So it means as soon as you go home it connects
to your wifi and you’re all good. The problem with that is i have a piece of equipment which
can make your phone join my wifi network and whenever you do banking or facebook or twitter
or whatever it is i can see everything you do. So how can we avoid doing it? Turn your wifi off, only connect to wifi hotspots
that you trust, for example your house, your place of work, only turn it on when you really
need it. Just make a couple of simple changes to your
online habits. It’s almost like when you leave your house you lock your door it makes
it far harder for you to be easy low hanging fruit target to the fraudsters. So thank you for your tips and now we have
to do some sewing so there’s a pair of scissors. Thank you very much. There’s some fabric. Fantastic. Right let’s get stuck in.
To stay safe and secure online Scott suggests: Make your password impossible to guess, use
3 random words Check your security settings on all your social
media sites and if you host a group recommend your members do the same When you are out and about turn your wifi
off on devices and only connect to hotspots you know and trust
If you are hosting a club online and would like more information or are facing other
major financial decisions, visit the Royal Bank of Scotland Life Moments website for
advice from our experts and to catch up with all of our life moments stories.

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