Social media makes scams and hoaxes harder to spot

ESET Ireland

Can we trust our friends not to make questionable decisions on social media? Apparently not, because our friends might actually be scammers in disguise, or just not well-informed. In this article we freshen up three top tips for staying safe on social networks. But just in case you’re in any doubt about how important it is to proceed with caution on social media, consider these three factors:

  • The web is a dangerous place: The security company Sucuri scanned about 10 million websites and found 26% of them were compromised (hosting malicious injections or otherwise blacklisted).
  • People are sharing more personal data than ever: That’s not just a hunch, that was the finding of a seven-year study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University: Silent Listeners: The Evolution of Privacy and Disclosure on Facebook.
  • Consumers are not the only victims: Criminals conducting cyber attacks against companies are finding social media a…

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