In Today’s tech savvy world our electronics mean just about as much as our cars or homes mean to us, why? Because that’s what documents your life and your memories, success to failures we take pictures, post on our walls, even film the little things we do every day. For most, our electronics mean a lot to us. If this is true for you, make sure you’re taking the extra step to protect your electronic devices. You wouldn’t leave your door unlocked every night even though you were home, would you? Even though your electronic device is with you, it doesn’t mean you should leave it unprotected. Here is a list on behalf of TBS Consultants with a few things to look out for when it comes to security risks involved with Social Media.

TBS Consultants, Experts in IT Services, gives you: Social Media & Staying Secure

  1. Information Gathering
    1. Information gathering is the first step of hacking. Social networking sites have the information which is required
    2. Your name, family names, place of employment, kids, pets, where you live, etc. can all be obtained from social media. It can be cross referenced across multiple sites.
  2. Phishing
    1. Phishing email messages, websites, and phone calls are designed to steal money. Cybercriminals do this by installing malicious software on your computer or stealing personal and confidential information off of your computer.
    2. Be suspicious of emails with links!! Rest your mouse (but don’t click) on the link to see if the address matches the link shown in the email. If it has an .exe or .php extension, it can install malicious software.
    3. Emails with bad grammar (enough said!).
    4. Emails with threats that an account will be closed if you don’t respond.
  3. Fraud
    1. When your identity is stolen, money transferred out of bank accounts, credit cards opened in your name without your knowledge.
  4. Spamming
    1. Electronic Junk email or newsgroup postings.
    2. Graymail – a newer term for subscription email you signed up for willingly or not. Always check for an opt out check when setting up new accounts online.
  5. Scams  
    1. I’m stranded in Mexico, please send money.
    2. Celebrity gossip, these scams claim to have secret information on a celebrity and the links lead to malicious sites that install malware.
    3. New weight loss product or some such claim. Ditto above, malicious links
    4. Test your IQ or other fun little personality tests.
    5. Join your university’s or high school Facebook page, make sure it’s a legit page and the request came from a valid source