My name is Olayinka Odeniran a CCO by day, Cybersecurity advocate at all time, and blockchain enthusiast. The opinions in this article are my own. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn and share this article. Member of Women in Blockchain International group.

Cybersecurity for Dummies Series I “Blockchain”

Welcome to blockchain! You’ve probably encountered several friendly online users who have walked you through what is blockchain, and the various acronyms. Perhaps you lost sleep trying to catch up by reading or watching the various resources on blockchain. Or maybe by now you are part of a blockchain community.

As you talk about blockchain a funny thing starts to happen. You start to feel a sense of community, relax more and even open up about yourself. Getting swept into this digital space happens to all of us as our comfort level start to rise. You start to talk to a few people regularly, and after a while you think you know them fairly well. They have even shared some private information with you. Next thing you know you are involved in a subgroup of a small number of people who are thinking about starting a project, or meeting up.

It is so easy to fall into the trends of this space; everything is fun and exciting. But one thing you have to keep in mind is that YOU ARE ONLINE.

No matter how much we feel like we know someone we really don’t know them, especially when you are online, so be careful!!

Your online presence is vulnerable and you are more exposed than you know.

Here are some quick tips to help secure your identity:

Exercise “Need to Know”- Limit your online identity to the absolute bare minimum for you to participate in the community. Don’t provide too much information about yourself. Pictures, date of birth, state, job, etc., can expose more about you then you can imagine. Don’t use your real name on social media sites if you don’t have to.

Implement Access control– Control how others can contact you. Use an email that is not your main email. Don’t expose your location. Share a google number if you must talk on the phone.

Be aware- Keep track of the information that you provide to others. Always take precautions, less is better.

Strengthen your security– By creating strong passwords and using two factor authentications you make it harder for bad actors to get to your information. Do not link emails and never use the same password more than once. Using the same password is like making extra copies of your house key and giving it to strangers.

If you have other tips or suggestions, please feel free to post them in the comment section. Questions? post them below.