- What Hackers Can Learn About You From Your Social-Media Profile
- How to protect yourself on social media?
- How to create a strong password.
Armed with all that publicly available identifying information, a cyber-criminal can steal your identity or gain access to your account and use it in countless ways to engage in online criminal activities.
Once a hacker has your email address, which they can simply get from your Facebook and LinkedIn profile they can try to log into your account using the 100 most common passwords. Passwords such as date of births, your names, phone numbers, pet name, peers name etc which they will also know through your social media activities hence the need for you to use strong and hard to guess passwords.
Using publicly available data, they can also craft n email tailored to the interests that get you to click on a malicious link. For example, because you are always liking Lionel Messi pictures on Facebook or Instagram, they can send you a link dubbed “Hello fellow Messi fan” to grade your interest.
Details about your family, personal interests, location tags, post tags can all be used to gain your trust and deceive your co-workers. Using that data, cyber-criminal can build a personality of you, create an account as you and carry out identity theft-related cyber-crimes such as fraud, transfer and withdrawal requests in your name as well as Ransomware attacks on your employer. All of this can get you into a lot of trouble with the law authority.
How to protect yourself on social media?
Cyber-criminal activities are on the rise but there are ways you can easily make it hard for them to attack you.
Using pictures of yourself as profile pictures might make it easy for your friends and relatives to recognize you but also cyber-criminals. Wherever possible don’t use your pictures or people you know as profile pictures.
Never share your email address, phone number or any other information that can be used to identify you publicly on social media platforms even on LinkedIn. Stop posting private information such as travel plans, your current location, where you have been or any other news about your workplace.
To create a strong password, you can use a password manager such as Googles password manager to create unique, long and difficult passwords for your accounts, and store them for you so you don’t have to remember them. Websites such as passwordgenerator.net and strongpasswordgenerator.com also generate strong passwords however, unlike googles password manager, you will have to write the password down or remember it. To make it easy to remember, you can simply go ahead and modify it in a way that you will easily remember.
Enable two-factor authentication for additional security where possible. The feature will send a code through a number that will have been provided and you use it to verify your account every time you log in. You should also stay alert for news of any other breaches. You can also just stop using these social media platforms.