Social Networking Security : How to Prevent a Harmful Attacks
Threats on Social Networking Security
These days people have changed a way of interaction with each other. In today’s busy life people do not have sufficient time to meet other people personally, therefore social networking has become the great way to keep people in touch.
Social networks are the collection of websites, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+, etc that enables internet users to connect with other. Social networking is a fastest and easiest way to keep people in touch, making new friends & contacts and for finding the people who share same interest.
However, It stores user’s information on remote due to which other people besides from friends and acquaintances also get interested in the information that has been uploaded on the sites.
Even Hackers, identity thieves, stalkers can make any malicious action on the user’s information present on social sites. This hacker can hack entire user account or can make same user account of the user using available data such as photos, videos, personal information.
In order to make ourselves safe and secure on the network, a user must have to take care of certain things.
In this article, we will discuss the frauds on a social network and different tips & tricks that will ensure the security of user’s data over social networking sites.
Frauds or Threats on Social Networking Security
Social networking Security gives an opportunity to criminals to target potential victims. In this section we will discuss some frauds involved in social networking:
Hijacking User’s Account
In this situation, user’s account is overtaken by a malicious user for the purpose of sending messages, spams, sending out malware for stealing personal information.
Phishing And Spear Phishing Attacks
If the false email stating and claiming to be from a trusted source that asks for the user’s crucial information called phishing attack. In spear phishing, any email or link appear to be from any friend, colleague or employer that have something to download, which contains viruses or a website that beg for the personal information.
Malware is a term used for the number of intrusive software or malicious software which includes viruses, worms, trojan, horses, spyware that will quickly spread on user’s account and then in the system to gather personal and sensitive information about the user.
The malware also may appear to be coming from trusted contact thus, if the user will click on the link and download such software in their systems will cause huge damage to the user.
In this, malicious users will make their fake accounts on social networking site to send unwanted messages to target any victim. If the user will open this message or links, the spammer will hijack the user account and will send spam messages to other contacts of the victim.
Tips For Being Safe On Social Networking
The user must not depend upon the default account settings of their account, To be safe on social networking sites, the user must have control over their privacy settings. For any social site, there is an option that limits other users to view your information.
A user must add only the known people on networking sites such as facebook.
The user must think before uploading any stuff on social sites.
One should avoid posting personal details such as information about family, address, phone number.
The user must have a strong password that can not be easily guessed. A user must have an alphanumeric password.
One should not click on links available on social sites, it may have a virus.
The user must know the fact that everything they upload on their social network is public.
There are many hacker and stalkers on the internet who makes an effort to gain personal information of users, they apply different techniques to make it happen. By taking care some points user can save their data from such damage and can make a positive presence on the social network.