Military Families Warned of ISIS Threats Using Social Media

Military Families Warned of ISIS Threats Using Social Media

October 10, 2014

Military Families Warned of ISIS Threats Using Social Media

Warnings are going out to military families outlining ISIS threats using social media and online sources. These terrorist threats are not just online attacks, but families or service members are being warned of physical attacks as well.

Military families and friends of service members need to be vigilant when it comes to privacy and protecting sensitive private information online. This is especially true when it comes to social media.

Make sure you read this blog post. More importantly, share it to help us spread the word and do our part to protect our military heroes and their loved ones from both real and online attacks by ISIS and its followers.

ISIS Threat to Military Families is Physical and Virtual

According to a special assessment by The Army Threat Integration Center (ARTIC) ISIS is calling on its followers already in the United States to use the yellow pages and social media sites to find addresses of service members, go to their homes and slaughter them. This concern, it says, stems from a law enforcement bulletin citing a jihadist tweet.

We also read a story on BuiltUSA military blog discussing an online attack by ISIS and its followers targeting an Air Force father and his young son. This shows how easy it can be for terrorists to find service members and their family members using social media.

Precautions Military Families and Friends Should Use with Social Media

While military families are warned of ISIS threats using social media, it is also important that civilians who are friends of service members, military spouses or military families hear about these warnings. We should also be vigilant in protecting their privacy when posting anything on social media.

Below are tips shared by the Department of Defense which will protect the information you share through social media from unwanted eyes.

  • Be cautious when accepting friend requests and interacting with people online. You should never accept a friend request from someone you do not know, even if they know a friend of yours.

  • Don’t share information you don’t want to become public. Remember, once you put something out there, you can’t control where it goes.

  • Disable location-based social networking, or geotagging, on all social media platforms. Geotagging is the process of adding geographical identification to photographs, video, websites and text messages.

  • Avoid posting work or personal schedules and travel itineraries, especially deployment information and return dates for yourself, a loved one or a unit.

  • If you ever hesitate before clicking ‘post’, reconsider the content you are about to share. Our team follows the motto: When in doubt, throw it out!

  • Adjust your privacy settings to ensure your posts and profile information is secured and seen only by approved audiences.

  • Let's do our best to help protect our military families and service members. Please share this information with your friends and family - especially if they are close friends with someone in our military, military spouse or their children. Other Articles
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