Social Media Security Risks: Halloween Warning!
Once more, it is the favorite time of the year: Halloween season. Halloween is a holiday that plays on our fears. However, it is also an excellent opportunity for cyber scammers to rip you off. But this year we plan to eliminate all fears and gear up our security on Halloween. But, to do that we first need to know about risks and then take steps to address them.
Halloween sees a rise in phishing scams and emails that look like they are from legitimate sources but include links to malicious sites. Cyber criminals are even taking advantage of sites like Facebook by sending bogus alerts from friends that include enticing or troubling subject lines like, "OMG! Is this you on this video?" Similar threats are also visible on Twitter, where malicious links have made the rounds.
This month, keeping the Halloween festive mood in mind, we talk about social media security risks and ways protect ourselves.
Stop the Human Error
When we talk about online security, lot of goof ups happen due to security incidents or simply put human errors. They are many decisions that we take every day that make security controls ineffective; like bad password choices or even bad decisions like sending data CDs with all personal information through courier. In all such cases, technology cannot prevent it from happening.
Since the problem here is human, the best solutions are also humans. There are simple things that we can do to make human error less common and stopping them from happening in the first place.Â
Assume things will fail. It is as simple as that. Figure out the worst thing that can happen and then remove that possibility. One extremely obvious security risk is sending the wrong message to the wrong recipient. Do not co mingle personal and professional accounts. It does not take much time to create two separate accounts and maintain individual address books. You don’t want your personal messages to become the office gossip, right?
Check Before Hitting ‘Enter’
Yes, social media is fast and the minute we read a Facebook message or tweet, we start replying. But in the rush we often make some serious mistakes. It just takes a few extra moments to eliminate errors. You will not save more than 5 seconds if you send your message without reading and the consequences can be deadly. So, read and then send!
Keep Personal Life Personal
On Halloween, you would love to tweet about the party you are having at your place, or even share on Facebook that you are off for a short Halloween vacation. But what if this information gets into the wrong hands? Do not let unknown people know that your house is going to be empty or your little kids are going to be on certain streets at a particular time. It is very easy to disguise on a Halloween night and attack you when you least expect it.
Online shopping on Halloween
Yes, we get all excited the minute we spot that great Halloween costume online. It is half the price and shows ‘limited stock’. So, we rush and forget to check if the website is authentic or not. In such situation, you may end up losing all your money and not even get that costume. Avoid scams and unsafe sites when enjoying online shopping this Halloween.
Halloween Cyber Threats
Other than social media, there are different cyber threats that we need to be careful from.