Ensuring Online Security and Privacy while Staying Connected
During the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we have observed some new online behaviors among our clients. As businesses adapt and individuals spend more time at home, social media usage has significantly increased. One particular trend that has caught our attention is the surge in participation in Facebook quizzes that ask seemingly innocent questions about personal experiences and preferences. While these quizzes may appear harmless, they can pose a significant risk to your online security. Here are some essential tips to stay safe:
- Exercise caution and avoid quizzes: As tempting as it may seem to participate in Facebook quizzes, it is safest to refrain from doing so. Hackers may plant these quizzes with the intention of gathering personal data and possibly jeopardizing your security. By filling out these quizzes, you could inadvertently reveal answers to common security questions, making yourself an easy target for hackers. Even if this information alone may not compromise your username and password, hackers may already possess this data from previous breaches or phishing attempts. They can then use it to gain secondary access to your personal information or create fake profiles to deceive your friends and gather their data.
- Assume everything is public: Regardless of your privacy settings, it is crucial to adopt a mindset that treats Facebook as a public forum. Imagine your posts displayed on a wall in a public restroom during a road trip—would you be comfortable with that level of exposure? Even when sharing seemingly innocent stories about your life or family, keep in mind that hackers are resourceful and can find ways to access your information. Assume that any personal information you share on social media has the potential to be exploited.
- Provide false security question answers: If you cannot resist participating in these quizzes or sharing personal information, consider providing fake answers to security challenge questions. For instance, when asked where you met your significant other, input an incorrect response that only you would know. Ensure it is something that cannot be easily found through online research by hackers.
The rise of social media has introduced new privacy concerns that require careful consideration. While retreating from the online world entirely is not a feasible solution, it is crucial to take every precaution to safeguard yourself, your business, and your identity. By adhering to these guidelines, you can navigate the digital landscape with confidence, ensuring your online security and privacy are protected both during this crisis and beyond.