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Social Media Security Awareness: What you Should Know
The latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations report indicates that over 70% of data breaches involved the human element. Cybercriminals exploit people to trick them into clicking unsafe links, opening malicious attachments, entering their credentials into bogus login pages, sharing sensitive data, and authorizing fraudulent fund transfers.
One area where many exploits take place is on social media platforms. It is essential to exercise caution while using social media platforms by observing security best practices such as using strong passwords, enabling two-factor authentication, and being vigilant about suspicious activities and messages.
WHY CYBERCRIMINALS TARGET SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media platforms are fertile hunting grounds for cybercriminals. Contrary to the work of breaching a secured corporate site to find information, members of social media sites often unwittingly provide most of the information required for a successful cybercrime.
- Large User Base: Social media platforms have billions of active users, making them attractive targets for attackers. This vast user base provides a larger pool of potential victims and increases the likelihood of success for malicious activities.