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Social Networks

Wombat Vlog: Oversharing on Social Media Can Damage More Than Your Reputation

Posted by Gretel Egan on May 11, 2017 11:01:28 AM

We all know those people who overshare on social media...but are you doing that yourself without even realizing it?

In this vlog segment (the third in our series about identity theft protection) we discuss the hidden dangers of "getting to know each other" posts and surveys, and how cybercriminals can use the information posted on social networks to commit identity fraud.


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Three Social Media Habits to Implement Today

Posted by Gretel Egan on Oct 14, 2016 9:19:14 AM

From thoughts to articles to updates to photos to locations to…well, just about anything…very few day-to-day activities are considered “off limits” as far as social sharing goes. And whether you agree or disagree with the fact that previously personal moments are spotlighted in the social sphere, the fact remains that you (and your family members and your friends) are likely to be impacted by this shift in some way or another.

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Post-Holiday Electronics Guide: Cybersecurity Tips for Parents and Students

Posted by Gretel Egan on Jan 7, 2016 2:34:29 PM

Last updated: September 27, 2016

As students (and parents) settle back into “normal” routines post-holiday, it’s likely that new laptops, smartphones, tablets, and wireless “connectables” are part the mix. Whether first-time users or old hands, there are always cybersecurity considerations to adding new devices to your personal Internet of Things (IoT). The following tips can help protect data, systems, and privacy, so be sure to share them with your coworkers, family, and friends.

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Security Awareness Training Alert: ‘Farcing’ a Significant Threat on Social Media

Posted by Gretel Egan on Aug 8, 2014 11:06:00 AM

Last updated: October 14, 2016

Back in 2014, Consumer Affairs released an article highlighting the rise in incidents of “farcing,” a social engineering scam that threatened users of sites like Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and other social networking sites.

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Phishing Gone Social: Kapersky Lab Research Shows 1 in 5 Scams Target Facebook

Posted by Gretel Egan on Jul 21, 2014 11:27:00 AM

Social networking users beware: you are prime targets for hackers. Research by Kapersky Lab showed that nearly 35% of their tracked phishing attacks in 2013 routed users to sham social networking sites, with about 22% of those attempts luring users with fake Facebook links.

In the 2013 research, Facebook was the top site imitated in phishing attacks. Kapersky’s Q1 2014 research showed a slight shift in behaviors — Yahoo profile pages surged into the top spot — but Facebook traps still accounted for nearly 11% of the triggers in the company’s anti-phishing systems.

The bottom line: Kapersky products register more than 20,000 Facebook phishing incidents every day. When considering that this research is based on just a fragment of users, it’s clear that these types of phishing attempts are both prevalent and successful.

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