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Dublin: 17.04.2014 02.02AM
As far as Dermot Williams of Threatscape is concerned, if you don’t have your wits about you social media sites like Twitter and Facebook can be a minefield.
Following a spate of internet security, social networking and stolen password incidents in the past week, Williams advises people to “cop on before logging on” and has a number of top tips for safety online.
Williams says there are two mistakes most people are guilty of: the common but imprudent practice of using the same password for multiple websites; and how people willingly give away personal details on social networking websites, such as where they live, their possessions, or their movements.
The latter, he says, occurs all the time because people are letting their guards down.
“Due to the informal nature of many websites like Foursquare, Twitter and Facebook, people tend to let their guard down and post personal information. This makes it easy to find out things like where people live, their holiday plans and even if a home is vacant.
“To scope out a property from the comfort of their couches someone can even use Google Street View to assess their targets. This is a burglar’s dream come true!
“The analogy to remember is that what you post on social media is more akin to shouting it out in a crowded pub half filled with strangers than whispering it to a trusted confidante.”
The common practice of using the same password for multiple websites makes it very easy for cyber criminals to access not only one but potentially all of your other websites and services – both personal and corporate – such as email accounts and online banking websites.
“This is like having the same PIN card for all your laser and credit cards – don’t do it!
The danger this practice poses can be best illustrated when a group of hackers calling themselves ‘Gnosis’ got their hands on user passwords and exclusive files on US blogger site Gawker.
“Users should be cautious in everything they do online, and social networking is no exception. In our grandparents’ days it was a case of ‘loose lips sink ships’ – nowadays you might say that ‘loose tweets sink fleets’.
Cyber expert Williams’ top 10 tips are as follows: