Continuously toying with a new idea for the technical blog post for several weeks, I couldn’t help but post about “Social media security” finally!
We live in an era where “sharing is caring” and the more we share with our friends and well wishers, the happier we are. Contrast this is to the time, when snail mail was sent and received only in totally sealed envelopes that nobody could see! As times have changed and social media plays a huge role in most of our lives for different reasons, it is but necessary to adopt some safety standards as we share and care.
As an ardent follower of Information security practices I see how simple data sharing can potentially open the doors for invisible hackers. My InfoSec brain is, tuned and wired differently and I see social media broadcasts in a totally different way! This post lists certain vulnerabilities that social media presents and some common ways to avoid it.
Social media risks:
2. Identity theft: Identity theft is a huge social media risk. Stealing somebody’s else’s personal information(which can be done by hacking an email account or following the digital footprints all across the Internet) and using it for one’s own malicious gains is yet another reality.
These might sound like three simple points but they contain a wealth of risks. We next present some of the countermeasures to tackle the social media risks:
Even as the world is reeling from yet another ransomware attack, the bottom line when dealing with social media security is “share with care” 🙂
Jayanthi Manikandan has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from India and a Master's degree in Information systems with a specialization in Information security from Detroit, MI, USA. She has been passionate about Information security and has several years of experience writing on various technical topics. Additionally, she loves to pen a few personal thoughts here as well! :)