Far too often, computer users leave themselves open to financial fraud and invasion of their privacy by not being security wise with their social networks.
As the use of social networking media grows, so does the number of cases where Internet snoops steal from consumers.
There’s some simple precautions all computer users should take to lessen their risks, noted state Attorney General Rob McKenna.
For instance, a recent industry study found that 21 percent of adult social network users leave their profiles open for anyone to see. That’s some 24 million Americans.
The same study revealed that 70 million people share their birthplace on social network sites, while 20 million are providing their pets’ names. Here’s the problem: these are the very same bits of information people often use on security settings for their online bank accounts and other sensitive information. Don’t make it so easy for the Internet criminals to snoop.
The use of wireless public networks is growing in popularity. Sure, cafes, hotels and airport lobbies are convenient places to catch up with your computer work. But don’t assume these public places are secure. Rather, assume people can see what you’re sending over the network and protect yourself accordingly.
Play it safe on social networks and avoid the Internet creeps.