Are you addicted towards Facebook? Love to share photos, update status or chatting with friends?? Well, every Facebooker does. But, along with fun, this fascinating era of social networking sites also brings security risks. Although, there are Internet Security programs featuring robust technologies and cloud-based update, and computers and devices with the latest operating system, it would be a blunder to underestimate the Internet perpetrators.
Nowadays, millions of people are active users of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, etc. Among these, Facebook, which came into existence in 2004, has become the craze of next-generation by 2009. But this popularity has come at a cost; Internet attackers have got a new medium to peep into the privacy of others, steal financial information, and deceive users with their hard-earned money.
In a recent news published by Fox News Channel, Twitter has claimed that hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users. The Washington Post further validated the post. What could be more worsening than attack on the computer systems of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, which themselves keep monitoring the entire world? Later, a source alleged China as the epicenter of the attack.
Let’s have a look on common tricks that are played by scammers to fool you:
Clickjacking – In this, attackers entice users to click on harmful objects such as comment, names of famous people, images, etc, thereby redirecting them to pages loaded with malware.
False email notifications– With the help of email pharmaceutical products, some fraud advertisers sent fake Facebook notifications in 2011 to several users. These emails have contained malicious content or other threats.
Phishing– Stealing personal information is the favorite job of cybercriminals and social media is becoming the perfect solution for it. You are unknowingly allowing the scammers to access your personal details.
Credit card scams – “How to earn money” or “Win a car” such comments are quite alluring. But don’t get taken away. By using credit cards to make such deals you may lose credit card transactions.
Fake applications– These applications are the best method to attract users as most of you make use of it and allow the cybercriminals to access your profile’s information.
It’s enough now. Time has arrived for all social media users to act wisely regarding their safety. Before clicking over any link, check it out thoroughly. If you can’t interpret about the given link then it is better to cancel or ignore it. Always keep your system updated with latest security tools that can aware you about the entry of any malware into your computer. The most important advice is to think. Don’t be too eager to click on any link. Enticing messages are not trustworthy. So, be aware be safe!!!
Date: February 19, 2013