Social media platforms are one of the most frequent channels used by malicious users to find vulnerable targets and conduct cyber security attacks. Here are a few major cyber security risks on social media platforms.
Social media platforms can also be a channel for passing around malware. There have been a lot of cases where sites like Twitter and Facebook were used for spreading viruses. These may come in form of malicious third-party apps or shortened URLs. Attackers may also target victims by inserting malicious code into a social media website or into advertisements.
Leak of Information
Another common security breach associated with social media is information leak or doxing. In this attack, the hackers intend to make the target feel vulnerable by leaking their private and personal information online. Malicious users may also misuse the information they access using these platforms and misuse it to stalk or harass the target.
Inadequate privacy settings
Social media platforms offer ample of privacy settings to ensure you have a safer experience online. However, a lot of users undermine its importance and often don’t bother to know more about how they can ensure cyber security on social media. Individuals and brands using social media platforms may become easy targets for attackers owing to loopholes as a result of inadequate privacy settings.
Quite a few social network platforms enable their users to gain automated access with scripts that are capable of crawling the entire network for email ids. The addresses found are then used for spamming. These scripts can access the real names of targets along with their email addresses and thus find out more details about them. This may result in personalized spam emails.
Lack of attention and human error
Human error and not paying enough attention on social media platforms are among major reasons behind security breaches. Accidental posts on social media, unintentional clicks on phishing links, leaving accounts logged in on public computers are a few common errors.
Malicious apps and attacks, phishing scams, stolen identify are few other risks you may face on social media platforms. In future, be sure about what personal information are you leaving away publicly on social media.