October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, recognizing the importance of how much our daily lives depend on the internet and the security of data.
The pandemic amplified the need for people to socialize at a safe distance, increasing the amount of time many spent on the Internet. As fraud continues to rise, people need to be mindful that with every social media account they sign up for, every picture
posted and status updated, they are sharing information with the world — and hackers who want to gain access to their social media accounts.
So, why would a hacker want your account when it’s filled with photos of your dog or that room you renovated during Covid? First and foremost, it’s a legitimate account.
Social media platforms delete billions of fake accounts every year. Bad guys steal real accounts, like yours, and sell them on the black market where buyers can use them to spread propaganda or to extort and scam money from unsuspecting victims. Victims
who may be in your social media friends list.
Use these simple cybersecurity rules to protect yourself and others, and to navigate social media confidently and safely:
The pandemic has changed our personal and work life structure. New hybrid work environments, with employees continuing to send and receive emails from their personal devices, further increase risk at work. Hackers often use attacks against a single employee
to gain access to an entire organization. Don’t be that pathway for the attackers. Make cybersecurity a priority today.
Victims are encouraged to contact the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) to report the online crime.
(Partially reprinted from Shazam Blog)
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