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.

February 9 2016 1200 – 1230, Lunch and learn webinar-   Why social media makes you vulnerable to digital crime 

Register here.   http://gowoa.me/i/3tvs

Don’t want to go through the hassle of registering, this will also be available presentation will also be available as a google hangout and periscope.
Roger Smith is the CEO of R & I ICT Consulting Services, Amazon #1 selling author on Cybercrime, author of the Digital Security Toolbox and author of the SME Digital Security Framework.   Rapid Restart Appliance Creator.   He is a Speaker, Author, Teacher and Educator on cybercrime and how to protect yourself from the digital world.