Humans are social creatures and with social distancing currently in place, it can make social interaction difficult. Fortunately, unlike previous generations before us, we have the tools to stay connected through social media. For most people, social media is a place to post thoughts, ideas, opinions, updates on life or sharing that meme that made you “LOL”. On the other side, there are those who engage social media in a way that is a lot more sinister by means of social engineering.
Social Engineering is not new, in fact, it has been around for quite some time. With the recent pandemic, people are engaging in potentially dangerous behaviors more than ever before as this becomes one of the few ways we can stay connected. Chances are you have already been victim or at the very least, seen people you know become victims unknowingly.
#firstjob #firstcar #Seniors #Stop putting your information out for the world to see. With every new challenge or trending hashtag, people are lulled into a false sense of security because friends and family are participating. Have you ever stopped to notice that these closely resemble security questions for countless number of accounts?
That is not by accident.
Here is what to look out for:
- Post tagging you with personal questions
- Challenges that require you to post personal information or pictures
- Quizzes that want you to answer personal questions
- Tagging that encourages you to tag other people and tag family members by relationship.
You should see a theme trending here. Criminals will exploit this to their advantage leaving both the you and your employer vulnerable to attacks.
Here’s what you can do:
For businesses, make sure that your employees are receiving proper security awareness training. Knowledge is a powerful tool, consistent training and testing is a great way to abate any potential attacks through means of social engineering or phishing scams. Enabling a MFA solution is also an important tool in your security arsenal.
You should always err on the side of caution when sharing on the internet. Rest assure that your friends and family are aware of your favorite color, your first job, the year you graduated high school and your mother’s name.