Ensuring your behaviour on social networks isn’t leaving you open to criminals
In the last post we looked at ways in which your ‘offline behaviour’ might leave you vulnerable to identity thieves. In this post we’ll look at how aspects of your online behaviour might be making you prey to criminals.
We’ve already discussed steps you can take to make sure you’re guarded against Trojan horses and viruses that are designed to steal your personal information, this post will give you a few tips on how much information you can safely reveal about yourself without revealing too much.
Just this week, the news is buzzing about the conviction of a 33 year old man from Newcastle, who used Facebook to work out personal details belonging to friends and neighbours in order to scam them out of more than $35,000.
It transpired that Iain Wood spent up to 18 hours a day on websites including Facebook and Friends Reunited digging up personal information of neighbours who lived in his block of flats.
He then used the information posted by unsuspecting friends and neighbours to work out their passwords and get past security checks. He then went on to hack their bank accounts. He managed to steal more than $35,000 over the course of two years that he then gambled away.
An increasing number of social network users can be overly complacent about posting personal information online. Here are some tips on what to avoid posting on social networking sites that might leave you vulnerable:
1. Location-based Social Networks
2. Friend requests
3. Personal data
4. Travel plans
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