REPORT: Most Users of Facebook, Other Social Networks Blissfully Unaware of Security Risks

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By David Cohen 

HackingVictim650Despite warning after warning after warning, 78 percent of online users aged 16 and above who responded to a recent survey by online security firm Kaspersky Lab do not believe cyber-criminals are interested in targeting them, or are not sure.

Kaspersky Lab also found that:

  • 10 percent of respondents share private information with strangers on social networks.
  • 15 percent share information online that they would not disclose in real-life.
  • Only 18 percent believe they reveal more personal information than they should on social networks.
  • Just 7 percent included social network credentials on their lists of three types of information they would not want to have stolen.
  • 40 percent have received suspicious emails or social media messages with unknown links or potentially malicious files.
  • 21 percent have received emails claiming to be from social networks, requesting passwords and other personal credentials.
  • 6 percent of overall mobile respondents have had their social network accounts hacked, and that figure rose to 13 percent for users with Android tablets.
  • 19 percent of respondents from Russia have been hacking victims, along with 16 percent from China and the Asia-Pacific region, while that figure dropped to 4 percent for North American respondents.

Kaspersky Lab offered the following rules for security-conscious users of Facebook and other social networks to follow:

  • Use strong passwords for accounts and disable the auto-complete function, especially if logging in from your smartphone or tablet.
  • Restrict the amount of information shared on any networks; divide “friends” into groups so that information can be shared with only those really trusted.
  • Do not download files, and do not follow suspicious links from unknown senders.
  • Before entering credentials, make sure it is not a fake page created in order to obtain user names and passwords.
  • Try to use a secure connection if possible, and do not enter login and password when connecting to a hotspot over public Wi-Fi.
  • Make sure the device used to enter a social network is well-protected: Use a password to access the device and a reliable security solution.

Readers: Did any of the findings by Kaspersky Lab surprise you?

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