Why social media makes you vulnerable to digital crime

Have you got thousands of followers (friends) on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter?

What level of trust do you apply to those “friends”?
When it comes to social media, we all seem to have a blind spot.   An acceptance, of that digital contact that we would not normally apply to the real world.
At most, we rely on the name of the person, a photo and maybe a recommendation from another friend.  Other times it’s just “accept”.   We have all done it!
Maybe it’s because it’s – new.
Being new (read shiny) we are in a hurry to build up our profile.
Build up our numbers!
Add new followers and follow others.
We have been told, by the social media platforms, that we need to use them for our business, our organisation, our sales, our marketing, even to find old friends and acquaintances.
Those people can help me, or better still I can help them.
All of those people that are on your social media feeds.
Do you truly know them?
Are they who they say they are?
How many have you actually met face to face?
That is a problem with social media.   Once inside your network those “friends” have access to everything that you make available to them.
Like us, the digital criminal uses Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.   They have a more sinister use for social media.   Any social media!
They use it for social engineering, for finding out who you are, where you work, where you live, the make up of your family, who you know.   In other words – What makes you tick!
You see to them, social media is just another way to infiltrate their target market.
Roger Smith is funny, scary, on point and is focused on one thing – increasing everyone’s awareness and understanding of the problems and issues associated with the digital world.
He was Runner up in the 2017 worldwide Cybersecurity Educator of the Year award and has been nominated for the 2018 Cybersecurity Educator of the Year award.  
He is a highly respected expert in the fields of cybercrime and business security and is a Lecturer at ADFA (UNSW – Australian Centre of Cybersecurity) on Cybercime, Cybersecurity and the hacking techniques used by the digital criminal.   
He is an Amazon #1 selling author on Cybercrime with his best selling book, Cybercrime a clear and present danger, going to number one on Amazon.   
He is the primary presenter for the Business Security Intensive (BSI) and author of the Digital Security Toolbox which is given away for free at the BSI.   He is a speaker, author, teacher and educator on Cybercrime and an expert on how to protect yourself, your staff, your clients and your intellectual property from the digital world.