(Last Updated On: September 6, 2020)
OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT: Joint Service Sextortion Brochure
This document provides guidance for U.S. Servicemembers on blackmail exploitation from Sextortion and is useful for others as well.
To Avoid Falling Victim To Sextortion
- Refrain from engaging in sexually explicit activities online, such as posting or exchanging compromising photos/videos.
- Adjust social media privacy settings and accounts to limit information available to unknown persons.
- Exercise caution when accepting “friend” requests or communicating with unknown persons online.
- Avoid advertising or discussing U.S. military and/or U.S. government affiliations.
- Turn off electronic devices and cover webcams when not in use.
- Safeguard your personal banking and credit card information from unknown recipients.
- Update antivirus software and avoid downloading appsApps Applications or Apps An application (software), commonly referred to as an ‘app’ is a program on a computer, tablet, mobile phone or device. Apps are designed for specific tasks, including checking the weather, accessing the internet, looking at photos, playing media, mobile banking, etc. Many apps can access the internet if needed and can be downloaded (used) either for a price or for free. Apps are a major point of vulnerability on all devices. Some are designed to be malicious, such as logging keystrokes or activity, and others can even transport malware. Always be careful about any app you are thinking about installing., files, or email attachments from unverified sources.
- Trust your instincts – perpetrators are highly sophisticated and able to trick their victims into a false sense of security. If you have suspicions about the person you are communicating with, cease contact with them.
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