One thing is certain, the day and the events of September 11, 2001 will never be forgotten. Many of us can very easily recall the shock, the terror, the pure evil, the images and video clips all these 17 years later. Our children and grandchildren will know about this day because we as a country will never let anyone forget the bravery, the honor, and unfortunately, the devastation.
It is not our memories alone that stir up the emotions of that horrifying day. Various social media outlets that are famous for sharing memories, honoring those lost and paying tribute to those who risked their lives to save others, also remind us. But, as much as social media has succeeded in honoring the good, several evils lurk within. A major evil today is cybercrime.
At Total, we inform you about ways to protect yourself, your families, and your businesses from becoming victims of cybercrime. Just as we provide guidance on scanning email attachments before opening, reporting suspicious emails and other security essentials, we also want to make you aware of common social media attacks. As a commitment to our clients and in honor of the upcoming National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October), Total has become a Champion of NCSAM and is dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet.
Did you know…
that research suggests the average person spends approximately 2 hours a day on various social media outlets? You can see why cyber criminals continue to develop social engineering tactics. Some of the most common attacks in social media are:
- Fake social media profiles – to impersonate another person and distribute malicious links. This tactic is effective because people are more likely to open emails from someone they know.
- Malware delivery – it’s very easy to rapidly distribute malicious links through social media posts or messages.
- Digital Brand Hijacking – cybercriminals can hijack your brand by creating fake company pages and blogs to distribute malicious links and cause reputational damage.
- Malicious bots – Bots can generate fake “likes”, retweets, views to boost credibility and reach, and can lure people in to access malicious content.
Stay tuned…more to come throughout October.