Social Media and Security

Scammers can now use our personal information on social media to break into our online accounts. As more and more of us are working from home, we find ourselves being drawn into social media. Here we are encouraged to share information about ourselves, like our pet’s names, the types of cars we drive or even owned, and even personal information about our parents. For example, our mom’s maiden name. Now, if you have not noticed some of these answers may be familiar in a way. Like ‘Hey, I put that information into some of the apps I use online with regards to security questions.’

Many of the apps or games online are innocent, but they’re also goldmines for the not so noteworthy seeking answers to account security questions. Even if you have not used personal information for security questions, sharing a lot information about yourself, your family or friends can allow attackers to create targeted social engineering attacks against you.

Today, more than ever, we need to pay close attention to the information we share online. It is important to consider carefully, the possibility of the negative impact of how much you share online.

Everything we put out there on social media is now fair game to the world. We all like to share things about ourselves. For the same reasons we like to talk about ourselves in real life too. On the Internet, however, this information is now available to anyone in the world. Even if your profile information is only visible to people you have added as friends, there are still many ways your information can find its way to the World Wide Web.

Because of these potential risks we highly recommend that you utilize the multi-factor authentication on all your accounts that offer it. Not all providers have this as an option, but some do. When given the choice, use multi-factor authentication whenever possible, especially when you are accessing your most sensitive personal data. Use multi-factor authentication when using your primary email account, your financial institutions and your health records.