How to Stay Cyber Safe, and NetSmart

Mr. Price Floyd, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs

Mr. Price Floyd, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs

By U.S. Navy Petty Officer William Selby

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Price Floyd, principal deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, to discuss what servicemembers need to remember when using social media sites such as Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace.

Not only was Floyd extremely well informed, and well spoken, he also simplified his answers so that there could be no misinterpretation of his words.

Among other things, Floyd explained that what you do on these social networking sites can come back to haunt you in one way or another. Passwords can be easily figured out; personal information can be gathered by our adversaries; computer viruses and malware could be transferred, which could risk yours, your families’, and your countries security.

“I think people need to remember that you’re always a member of a service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week … so anything you do online should be representative of their service,” he said. “Operational Security is paramount.”

To watch part of my interview with Mr. Floyd, click here.

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