keeping you and your family safe
It is easy to be lured into a false sense of security with social media. Most activity appears harmless and security breaches are often not exposed until long after they occur. However, social media security breaches must be taken seriously because they can lead to identity theft, cyberstalking, and other real world crimes.
Viruses can sneak into your computer systems through innocent looking links, attachments, and downloads. Once there they can spy on activity, steal private information, or hold your computers for ransom.
Revealing on social media that you are going away on vacation invites burglars to rob your home while you are away.
Revealing personal information on social media tells cyberstalkers the things you like, places you go, and friends you keep.
Many social media apps have geolocation telling others exactly where you are.
Befriending strangers online is like inviting cyberstalkers to harass you. Once you allow someone inside your personal social media circle, they can see all the information and pictures you reveal about your friends, your family, your work, and your home. If you show or discuss your children or their schools, then everyone who can see you on social media knows that information too.
Seemingly innocent social media activity can lead to identity theft. For example, wishing your mother a happy birthday can reveal your mother's maiden name. This is a very common security question used to recover passwords.
Because social media is all about sharing information, it is common to click on links provided by social media "friends." This can be dangerous when these "friends" are really con artists you let into your social media circle without thoroughly researching, are forwarded to you by your actual friends, or are sent from a friend's hacked account. These links can be to fake websites designed to get you to expose personal information, or malware that could infect your computer. Social media makes these insidious links harder to detect when the URL is shortened with websites such as bit.ly, Ow.ly, and TinyURL. Before clicking on these links, consider who sent them to you and whether they are in the habit of sending you links of this kind. Hover over the link and see the full URL in the corner of your browser. It will reveal where the link is really sending you. If you want to be really careful, use a link scanner such as URLVoid or MyWOT.
No anti virus software or firewall can stop all security breaches. This is why social media education is essential for everyone who uses social media. Common sense is not enough because social media works in ways not commonly understood by social media users. For much more information, see the Prevention and Social Media Education pages on this website.
All information on this website is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Ninomiya Law, PLLC and Kent Ninomiya only provide legal advice to clients when there is a valid engagement agreement signed by both attorney and clients. The principal office of Ninomiya Law, PLLC is located in Round Rock, Texas. Ninomiya Law, PLLC is responsible for the content of this website.