Beware of social engineering tactics… [Teksquisite]


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Sites like Twitter and Facebook are a “social engineer’s paradise.” The information that people are willing to share on these two social networking sites alone blow my mind! I think I have heard everything on both social networking sites. From Tampon brands to nostril clippers; even preferred textures of competing brands of toilet paper. Has anyone ever heard of Too Much Information (TMI)?
Just last week Jim announced on Twitter that he was going on vacation for two weeks to a tropical island in the South Pacific…
We all know that Jim is:
  1. Single, has no animals or significant other and loves to party.
  2. He lives in Sacramento, CA and his home address is located on Google maps.
  3. He telecommutes from his home office and earns an outrageous income.
  4. He also owns very expensive gadgets and is always talking about current purchases online.
  5. He checks in with Foursquare and Facebook Places.
  6. Jim follows back every follower that follows him on Twitter and accepts all friend requests on Facebook.
Sweet Jim is a walking time bomb for all types of online shenanigans. Since he accepts all friend requests on Facebook — he leaves family, friends and everyone exposed to possible scam links posted to his Facebook wall. Jim has also set his residence up for potential robbery and opened himself up to the possibility of identity theft. There are myriad “Jim’s” in the online world. They are very willing to share all of life’s movements with EVERYONE! They are a “social engineers” dream.
Social engineering is essentially the art of gaining access to buildings, systems or data by exploiting human psychology, rather than by breaking in or using technical hacking techniques. [Source]
And so it goes… The bad people are out there and paying very close attention to social networking sites. Before you openly post your telephone number, your next vacation or anything that can reveal Personally Identifiable Information (PII) — be sure that you are not doing this on Facebook, Twitter or other social networking sites.
Be aware, be safe online and remember that online is not your personal diary or a place to air your dirty laundry or your vacation plans. It is a place where the bad guys currently have the edge. They have the crimeware toolkits and the knowledge of how to seduce the masses into believing whatever is most suggestible at the moment. Whether it is targeted at profile views or getting rid of that double chin in 20 days — they know how to wave their magic scam-ware at you and if you are not careful, you could be their next victim. Don’t buy into it. Not now, not ever!

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