People nowadays are so hooked on Facebook that browsing their accounts has become a part of their daily routine.
In fact, some studies showed that people spend longer hours in browsing their Facebook account than reading a book or watching a movie. It’s something they get to enjoy being hooked on.
Funny as this may sound, the truth is, people use Facebook because everyone else uses it. We enjoy using it because we can read news, watch videos for free, share photos easily; it offers video messages, it reminds us of birthdays, and so many more. It’s a great application that works with just a click.
But an alarming news came out recently about hackers who have disguised their way of hacking one’s personal data on your Facebook account through popping of quizzes while a user is browsing on it.
According to Mr. Sri Sridharan, the Managing Director at the Florida Center for Cyber security, the main purpose of these hackers is to make use of the personal information entered by users in order to make money. Worse is that, they also trick users into downloading malware.
The quizzes were conducted in such a way that the personal information were drawn from the user and can be used for scams in the internet.
“It seems harmless but you never know who’s really asking you for that information,” Sridharan said.
Sridharan suggested that Facebook users should only answer quizzes that are coming from reputable sources.
“The more they know about you, the more ways they can trick you into doing something like clicking on a link you should not click on,” Sridharan added.
Florida Center for Cyber security recommended ways on how we can protect our accounts:
1. Report scams that you encounter in social media sites.
2. Watch closely at the hyperlinks before you click on them. Be careful in giving your personal information.
3. Open web links independently from your browser.
4. Be careful about the links posted by friends that seem to be too sensational. If you are interested about a certain topic, go to a trusted source and search from there.
5. Keep your email address and log-in credentials confidential.
6. Be cautious in answering quizzes or polls that requires signing in or giving out of your personal information.
Remember, the hackers would make the quizzes as enticing as possible so you may not decipher that they are trying to hack your account.
Go back to the basics, think before you click.
What is Cyber security?
Cyber security is the state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data , or the measures taken to achieve this.
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