Social Networking Security Threats

Dear Staff,

Social Media Security: Facebook,Twitter,Linkedin,Google-plus, Whatsapp,Instagram and YouTube.

With over 3 billion users,social media is a target for scammers;it can expose your personal information far beyond your group of friends.Unfortunately users tend to ignore social media related threats which scammers can use to install malware on their computers and phish personal information unknowingly! 

Some of the common social media threats include;

1) Like-jacking: occurs when criminals post fake Facebook “like” buttons to webpages. Users who click the button don’t “like” the page, but instead download malware.

2) Link-jacking: this is a practice used to redirect one website’s links to another which hackers use to redirect users from trusted websites to malware infected websites that hide drive-by downloads or other types of infections.

3) Phishing: the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by disguising itself as a trustworthy entity in a Facebook message or Tweet.

4)Social spam: is unwanted spam content appearing on social networks and any website with user-generated content (comments, chat, etc.). It can appear in many forms, including bulk messages, profanity, insults, hate speech, malicious links, fraudulent reviews, fake friends, and personally identifiable information.

While social media plays a crucial role in driving traffic to organisational websites and improving online visibility,it is also a favorite for hackers and spammers wishing to spoof organisational ICT resources (emails,organisational Information,network resources).It's therefore Important that you pay special attention to your activities on
both personal and organisational social media platforms.

The link below directs you to DICTS knowledge-base for further information on possible social media attacks and how they can be averted.

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