Monday, August 20, 2012


 We all like to check on your favorite social networking sites while waiting or on the road, and the latest online video that made the first anniversary of our third child almost forgotten cousin. However, we pay for this convenience with a vulnerability to cyber criminals and the mess if we do not take hati.Sepuluh years ago, the greatest concern consumers have is their cell phone synchronization information in the home or office computer. Now, we worry about is when someone takes that information, steal data from a number of credit card and send us to the credit amount and will not come back into it again. What to do with Social Media?According to the Ponemon Institute survey, 54% of respondents said they had seen or felt the tendency of loss of confidential information or breach of confidentiality policies of their company for social media activities. At least 52% of respondents said they have seen an increase in malware attacks as a result of social media.Social Jeringan are attractive targets for cyber criminals because they provide a lot of personal information and security settings are open. The bad guys explore our profiles, posts and status updates. Adjust the attack on the people who we like or not like, and also may collect information about potential passwords.Some cybercriminals prefer to use the popular social networking sites to run scams, including cross-site scripting, clickjacking and identity theft. Users will receive a message like, "Why have you tagged in this video? LOL" and the link will lead users to web pages that try to trick them by cutting and pasting malicious Javascript code into the browser page mereka.Scammers will also use primary news, event will be holiday dating and other routine events to get the network on the social networking that the user provide personal information. Two popular scams in the first quarter of 2011 was, "Make a Wedding Guest name Son of the Kingdom," and "Guest of Honor at the Mother's Day," and deceive the user in order to inform their children's names, pet names', and the name of the street, all the information which is commonly used as a password and password answer questions keamanan.Symantec have found the use of shortened URLs in social networking sites as an effective way for thieves to disseminate harmful information. By shortening the URL, making it difficult for users to see exactly who they are browsing the address, and the user will be the victim of hackers who attacked the victim of social media by sending a short URL that appears in the newsfeed of their friends and in a few minutes, thousands of people will visit the malicious website. Here are some of the best techniques for users to protect themselves on social networking sites: 

  • Tighten the people who can see you on your network and filter the information published on the website. Be careful of information you post online, and do not run a program that was circulated among friends and contacts, without first checking their legitimacy. 
  • Set the privacy options on the highest level - Use your website privacy features to limit personal posts to people you know and trust. Do not add to the list of people who believe unless you know exactly who they are. 
  • Choose strong passwords and keep them safe-Choose a password that is not predictable. Strong passwords have eight characters or more and use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols (eg, # $%). Try not to use the same password for every service you use online, and change passwords regularly, at least every 90 days. 
  • Stay up to date browser up-to-date and operating system - Use security software, like Norton Internet Security 2012 or Norton 360 V6.0 to protect themselves from identity theft, providing a safer browsing experience, and virus attacks. In addition, you can also use a free tool from the Norton Safe Web Norton for Facebook users who scan the wall for all HTML links and notify user if there is a malicious link. 
  • Be careful if you click: Be careful when clicking on links from unknown senders. Always maintain a level of caution around messages from within a website or who apparently sent by a website - to check the URL. And when clicking on a Website, terbiasalah to always see what comes up in the address line of the website. 

Therefore, it is important to stay safe on social networking, and on the Internet in general, very similar to how you stay safe in the physical world. In the real world, we are wary of strangers who come and speak. You lock the doors and windows of the house, you be careful when crossing the street. You need to apply the same rules to the online world. So, Think before you click!

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