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3/15/2017
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The 6 Riskiest Social Media Habits to Avoid at Work

Cybercriminals are turning to Facebook, Twitter and other platforms to launch attacks via employee behavior that could be putting your business at risk.
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Clicking every link
Open engagement is a dangerous risk on social platforms, says Blair, citing the broader issue of user trust. On social media, people are likely to click on links they would typically avoid in an email.
'There is no culture of awareness around social media security,' he notes.
Blair illustrates this risk with the example of how fraudulent news articles spread on social platforms. Users who don't read these articles and simply click 'share' automatically send unverified links, affecting millions of people. This lack of healthy skepticism is driving the rapid spread of malware and ransomware, he continues.
'If your friend creates a social media post saying, 'hey, check out this website,' you are more likely to visit it than you would be if some unsolicited email told you to,' says Laliberte, For example, users may get a notification stating a friend has tagged them in a comment. When they click the notification, their PC downloads malware.
More cybercriminals are using social platforms like Facebook to distribute malware via phishing campaigns, and hijack accounts to distribute ransomware and malicious browser extensions. If an attacker can gain access to a user's account, they can use it to spread their campaign through the person's friend list.
(Image: Crystal Eye Studio via Shutterstock)

Clicking every link

Open engagement is a dangerous risk on social platforms, says Blair, citing the broader issue of user trust. On social media, people are likely to click on links they would typically avoid in an email.

"There is no culture of awareness around social media security," he notes. Blair illustrates this risk with the example of how fraudulent news articles spread on social platforms. Users who don't read these articles and simply click "share" automatically send unverified links, affecting millions of people. This lack of healthy skepticism is driving the rapid spread of malware and ransomware, he continues.

"If your friend creates a social media post saying, 'hey, check out this website,' you are more likely to visit it than you would be if some unsolicited email told you to," says Laliberte, For example, users may get a notification stating a friend has tagged them in a comment. When they click the notification, their PC downloads malware.

More cybercriminals are using social platforms like Facebook to distribute malware via phishing campaigns, and hijack accounts to distribute ransomware and malicious browser extensions. If an attacker can gain access to a user's account, they can use it to spread their campaign through the person's friend list.

(Image: Crystal Eye Studio via Shutterstock)

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