Denver DA - Everyone shares too much info on the web
If the product is free-then you are the product
Let's Face(book) it.
Everyone shares too much info on the web.
Analytica Data misuse to daily hacking, what you share on social
media is a veritable orchard of private information waiting to be
harvested. The primary way that your data is grabbed is by
answering all those posts that seem harmless. You've seen these
posts from your "friends" asking for your
was the name of your first pet, where did you go on your first
airplane ride, what was your first car, etc. Those
posts circulate quickly, allowing hackers to gather data about
you. They then build a profile about you, and what they do from
there is up to the hacker. But bottom line, you are giving away
your information every time you click on, answer, or 'Like' a
What happens with
your Facebook profile is entirely up to you, IF
you're willing to take a little extra time to look into your
security options and settings. If one of your friends tags you in
a photo from last Saturday night, it's simple to un-tag yourself
-- or even set your privacy settings so that you never get tagged
at all. By digging into your privacy and notification settings,
as well as looking into the apps that you have downloaded and
connected through Facebook, you can make sure nobody ever sees
anything you don't want them to see, and you're notified the second
anybody else says anything about you.
Most of us don't
bother to check the privacy settings in detail. But given the
recent issues involving Facebook, you'd be wise to look into your
privacy setting details. You can choose the security level of
each part of your profile, and can keep security risks to a
minimum while still using the site.
remains private. But it also points out that although it provides
privacy protection, no system is perfect. It's possible for
hackers to find ways around safeguards and access
information. It's a good idea to do a little research about
an app before you choose to incorporate it into your
profile. If an app tries to take you to a new page, pay
attention to that page's domain name. Some scammers are clever
enough to create a mock-up of a real Facebook page with a request
for your password. If the domain name seems fishy, you shouldn't
provide your password. Pop-up messages that advise you to
download or install an additional application after you've
already started the process is another potential sign of malware.
Installing these programs may infect your computer with
are some tips to stay safe on social media:
Use a strong password.
The longer and more complicated, the more secure it
will be. And now that you are reading this, take the
opportunity to change your password.
different password for each of your accounts. And not just
for social media accounts but for ALL of your websites that
require passwords. I've said it before and I'll say it
not use the same password for every site.
Set up a two
factor authentication for signing into a site. Most social
media sites have this as an option.
If you have
social media apps on your phone, be sure to password
protect your device.
with friend requests. If you don't know the person, don't
accept their request. It could be a fake account.
with caution. Social media accounts are regularly hacked.
Look out for language or content that does not sound like
something your friend would post.
about what you share. Don't reveal sensitive personal
information i.e.: home address, financial information, phone
number. The more you post, the easier it is to have
your identity stolen. If you answer a post 'what
was your first phone number?," or "what
was the name of your college mascot?" are
you providing clues for what your password is?
familiar with the privacy policies of the social media
channels you use and customize your privacy settings to
control who sees what.
computer by installing antivirus software. Also ensure
that your browser, operating system, and software are kept
up to date.
log off when you are finished with the site.
click on coupon or prize links that seem too good to be
true! Wave your mouse over links before you click them and
see what the link is and determine if it's not at a
legitimate web site. If the site doesn't seem correct,
don't click it.
list of your apps. Make sure anything that was recently
installed was installed by you. If you are not absolutely
sure what the app does, delete it.
These days, 'Liking' on Facebook may get you more
than you bargain for; it could get your page plagued with
ads and offers that you don't want and, at worst, could put
malware on your computer or provide your personal data
to unscrupulous scammers.
It's called 'Like-Farming.' Like-Farming is when
scammers post an attention-grabbing story on Facebook for the express
purpose of cultivating 'Likes' and 'Shares.' Based on the way
Facebook works, the more likes and shares a post has, the more likely
it is to show up in people's news feeds. This gives the scammer
more eyeballs for posts that trick people out of information or
send them to malicious downloads.
What the 'Farmers' want to harvest is as many 'Likes'
as possible in whatever way they can. It often begins with
spreading a positive message or something similar and then uses all
the "Likes" to spread to others' Facebook feeds.
Have you ever 'Liked' or 'Shared' any of these
scenarios or posts:
tug at your heart-strings: A small child is pictured with no
hair. "Sally" has (fill-in-the-blank) disease.
"Please like this page to show you think she's beautiful
and help lift her spirits".
government policy stinks! "Share" if you agree!
inspirational message to help your friends have a good day.
a quick game such as name a fish that doesn't have the letter
"T" in it --Post your answer below.
PRIZES PRIZES PRIZES
Remember, all those posts that seem too good to be
too good to be true. You won't get free airline tickets on Southwest,
United or any other airline for that matter by simply clicking
'Like.' While there are no free airline tickets, there is malware in
those "get details" links - where you'll be required to
provide personal information that, at the very least, will result in
more conning come-ons.
How the Scam Works
Chain e-mails have taken the place of chain mail. And
Facebook is the vehicle for the chain. It spreads virally, no
longer taking days, months or weeks to circulate, through Facebook,
it spreads in a matter of seconds. Your friend posts a link for
"Free" government grant money or free Ray-Bans. Or
you see a post that Facebook has changed its algorithm to limit your
news feed to only 26 friends. You are instructed to copy and
paste the message on your wall.
Since Facebook places a high value on popularity,
these highly 'Liked' and 'Shared' pages begin to appear in
your friend's Facebook feed and then begin to be seen by
other Facebook users. The false information is now viral and
hackers can compile a list of people who did as they were
instructed. No matter if you Liked it, Shared it, or Agreed
with it, once the page has a sufficiently high popularity rating, the
Like-Farmer either removes the page's original content (just the
picture of the poor little girl is enough) and replaces it with
something else, usually malware or scam advertising. The rest
of the page remains the same and the hacker uses this as a
platform for continued Like-Farming in order to spread malware,
collect people's marketing information or engage in other harmful
activities. Or, scammers being scammers, they may outright sell
the highly 'Liked' site to cyber-criminals in a black market web
How to Avoid
Your best bet to avoid Like-Farming is to be very
judicious about what you Like and Share on Facebook. Don't
just reflexively click 'Like' on everything. Take a look at
where the post is coming from. Is it from someone you don't
recognize, a friend of a friend or is it a complete stranger? It
would be good to find out.
Remember, if an app
or a product is free to you, then you are the product. Be careful what information you provide.
In the future when left to decide whether to 'Like' or
not: think of good old Dr. Seuss and his book, Green Eggs and
I do not Like
in a house.
I do not Like them
with a mouse.
I do not Like
here or there.
I do not Like
I do not Like
green eggs and ham (or fake Facebook sites)
I do not Like
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