Based on survey which was made back in 2011, 74 percent of Facebook users were not confident enough with a certain website to make purchases through the same. In the course of nearly two years, the numbers have certainly changed, but this does not mean that users consider safer. In fact, every day we see several security leaks, or users who fall victims of various scams related to your personal information. That’s why today we will talk a little about how to prevent phishing on social networks.
For those who are not familiar with this term, phishing is a cyber-scam therefore a crime-related social engineering, and is the attempt to materialized users’ personal information fraudulently. To keep it simple, you do not want anyone get our information this way. Social networking, a place where we usually share these information’s can present a challenging scenario. Today’s web application development companies are doing a lot on improving their security however you still need to be very careful on how you share your personal information’s.
Some basic tips
No matter on which web site you are located, phishing can be prevented through a responsible and careful navigation. So, here are some basic tips that can be applied not only to social networks, but for all online services.
Check the domain: Before entering sensitive information like our mail or password, it is important to check that the URL inside address bar is correct. Check every alphabet, one by one, and also make sure you enter the correct extensions such as .com or .net.
Change Password: This is something we always recommend, and it is important to respect the administration of social networks. It costs nothing to get a reminder on the calendar to change the password regularly, and create strong passwords that can not be obtained through precisely social engineering.
Avoid clicking on suspicious links: often we receive direct messages or wall posts from our friends or brands/companies we are following. In this case, it is better to avoid clicking on the link if you are not sure if its safe.
Check that install applications: social networks such as Twitter and Facebook have thousands of apps which require from us to access our personal information’s It’s best to avoid allowing an application to access our data if not fully trust the source.
These tips are very basic and can be used in all social platforms. We named Facebook and Twitter as an example, because that is where we have more risk of getting these type of phishing attempts. Other platforms such as Pinterest and Tumblr, also can make us victims of phishing, on a smaller scale, but are not exempt from danger.