33% of individuals that are stick phished through email click on a connection or open a report that was sent to them. In addition to this, a staggering 66% of individuals that are stick phished through social media networks. As a result, social media life has become a major gateway to the hackers to intrude into your personal life. The amount of data stored by these social sites is mind-blowing. People post their daily life routines on social networks. These big data are used by the hackers to learn more about you, social media is like a weapon to them where you are the primary target.
Did you know? Social media holds tons of information and data about you.
- Application like Facebook and Instagram stores thousands of micros to macro data about you; about your likes, location, habits, even when you don’t use the app.
- For every picture you post, you’re posting your map of your life. A picture stores an embedded GPS data including the date and time.
- Access to all your phone contacts
- Behavior patterns, where you eat or what food you like (When you check in a restaurant and post what you eat)
- Check-ins In restaurants/Bars
- Gym schedules
- Vacation places
- Your fashion style, clothing brands and stores
With this much data, a normal person can know about your lifestyle. Imagine this data utilized by a hacker to enter into your life, hackers can easily use this kind of information for phishing to steal your bank account credentials and information.
Love posting but don’t want to be hacked? Learn how.
There’s no hundred percent guarantee that you won’t be scammed but learn to give a tough nut job even to hackers.
- Set your social media to private
- Change your password frequently, at least once in a month
- Use multi-factor authentication
- Don’t give away your banking credentials to any sites unless you verify it
- Limit social media connection or only connect with the people you know personally
Live it like the old fashioned way.
- For every picture you post on social media, you’re giving away your privacy of where you live, study or work. Make sure to check your social media settings and verify that you’re not allowing the application to use location service.
- Never ever post pictures while you are on vacation. You are letting people know you’re not home.
- Limit the number of posts you share. The more you post, the easier it will be to identify your patterns places
- Online content stays forever in the database, always consider while posting anything
- Never login on a unsecured network
- Never share news or links from unknown sources
For instance, facebook stored reams and reams of data of any user. It also offers a similar option to download all your information. Mine was roughly 500 MB, which is roughly 300,000 Word Documents, which includes from every message you’ve ever sent or been sent to every file or photo you sent, all the contacts in your phone.
Click here to see your data: https://www.facebook.com/help/131112897028467
The problem with social media is that there is a real temptation to be constantly reporting, chronicling and recording our lives. In my opinion, it's important to step back from that urge, posting is not obligatory.