YOU could put yourself at risk on social media by making simple mistakes.
The Sun spoke to a cyber expert to find out some of our most common mistakes on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more.
If you’re a regular social media user, chances are you’ve shared a lot of information.
Some of this may seem insignificant, but it can all add up.
Tech companies often collect more data than we realize.
And even our public posts can be used against us by crooks.
“Sharing our data and information is a fact of life — unless you want to go completely offline (or go to the 19th century),” said cyber expert Erfan Shadabi.
“But just because we feel obligated to give willingly doesn’t mean we shouldn’t expect accountability.
“People should be aware of those they know have shared their information with.”
Erfan, who works as a cybersecurity expert at Comforte AG, urged web users to review their online security as soon as possible.
And he revealed four key warnings for social media users.
Four cyber alerts
Here’s where Erfan thinks you should be careful…
Unattended social media accounts
“Unmonitored social accounts can be the target of hackers who could start posting deceptive messages under your name,” Erfan said.
“It’s a good idea to reserve your person/brand name on all social media channels, even if you don’t plan on using them all right away.
“And make sure you keep them posted.”
“Avoid making simple mistakes like providing unnecessary, sensitive information to individuals or organizations on social media platforms,” Erfan told The Sun.
“Something as simple as clicking the wrong link or downloading the wrong file can do serious damage.
“Pay close attention to all links you click and follow.”
Watch out for phishing attacks and scams
“The goal of a phishing scam is to trick you or your employees into giving up passwords, bank details, or other private information,” Erfan explained.
“Be vigilant and double-check every communication and look out for fraudulent accounts.”
“Check your privacy settings and make sure you’re using all the options you have,” Erfan told The Sun.
“For companies, data protection risk encompasses both business and personal use.
“Make sure you understand the privacy settings of your business accounts.”
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