Cyber Security

Social media gives criminals a blueprint into your life.

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In light of Kim Kardashian’s horrific ordeal and theft at gun point potentially due to her incessant use of social media, I felt the need to discuss how harmful brazen uploads of your life can be on these sites. The problem remains that sharing such info can essentially give the sneaky and corrupt more insight on how to scam the innocent but social media must be questioned and not undermined.

In many ways, the ‘specialists’ who targeted Kardashian have never had it so good. There were immediate and predictable claims of an inside job, but today’s professional criminals can glean all they need via social media and computer hacking. They don’t need to befriend and/or blackmail anyone. – Wensley Clarkson (The Telegraph)

When suspicious activity is detected on your bank card the bank will ask you to confirm your most recently spend items. Criminals could possibly bypass this. Suppose you ‘instagrammed’ your recent spends innocently by tagging yourself at a Starbucks, showing off a new dress you bought and geo-tagged that you are out of town. Therein lies a plethora of information for criminals to use and pretend to be you! Of course the security questions are usually a sufficient means of protection, but you can see how much privacy you are breaching of your own bank account by simple photo uploads.

Also from my own basic and free to use web traffic stats monitor I can get info on the city, time of viewing plus the operating system of each person that views my website. Freaky. Also it can identify the site viewers web browser i.e. Chrome, Firefox or Safari etc. Notably Chrome users have the options to have their username and passwords saved for each site… You catch my drift. Though stats are not always 100% accurate and may not track every visitor nor accurately identify the city, it can still recognize viewers from search engine sites that are supposedly ‘incognito.’ Scary stuff!

From experience I’ve learned to not post reviews of items I’ve recently purchased and most importantly do not review items such as your mobile, laptop, PC or tablet device as it gives potential hackers too much information to get into your system.

Social media and the web are fantastic tools but like most things in life they are a double edged sword, so beware guys.

New York Times article on the topic: “A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered by Everyday Devices”

 

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