While social networks play an important part in my life, it could also potentially destroy my life. Today, there are hundreds of social networking sites that connect us in ways that were never even thought of a decade ago. While social networks are a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, they can also be used against us. By being just a little conscious of what personal information gets out to other people can be very instrumental in keeping our important information safe and private, where it belongs.
As we welcome 2014, learn how to stay vigilant and protect yourself on social networks. Knowing the common social media attacks will help us to know what to look out for. The following are the Top 5 Social Media Attacks in 2013 and a description of what they are.
These scams invite social network users to join a fake event or group with
incentives such as free gift cards. Joining often requires the user to share credentials with
the attacker or send a text to a premium rate number.
Fake Plug-in Scams.
Users are tricked into downloading fake browser extensions on their machines. Rogue browser extensions can pose like legitimate extensions but when installed can steal sensitive information from the infected machine.
Using fake â€œLikeâ€ buttons, attackers trick users into clicking website buttons that install malware and may post updates on a userâ€™s newsfeed, spreading the attack.
Applications provided by attackers that appear to be legitimate apps; however, they contain a malicious payload. The attackers often take legitimate apps, bundle malware with them, and then re-release it as a free version of the app.
Manual Sharing Scams.
These rely on victims to actually do the hard work of sharing the scam by presenting them with intriguing videos, fake offers or messages that they share with their friends.
Protect yourself from social media traps with these simple steps
Here are a few simple tips you can follow to protect yourself on social networks:
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A creative professional and social media junkie, Galvin Tan has been blogging since 2005 and he writes about everything from food to gadget. An avid fan of football and loves playing foosball and basketball. For latest updates, follow him @galvintan on Twitter.