The growing social network security risk

Posted On 20 Oct 2013
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73 per cent of Europeans now use more than one device to access social networks, even though an overwhelming three quarters consider social media to be unsafe, according to Kaspersky Lab. Its international survey of consumers found that as many as 17 per cent of Brits confess to” sharing more than I probably should” on social media, leaving them at risk of losing valuable personal data to cyber criminals intent on identity theft and other crimes. A growing social security risk is individual account hacking and then targeting the personal data of the victim’s contacts. Four in ten Brits (38 per cent) can’t tell when an online friend’s account has been hacked” so it is not surprising that one in six (14 per cent) has been stung into clicking on a dangerous link in a hacked account. Without adequate protection, the more you post, the more vulnerable you are. ” The average household in Western Europe has more than five internet-connected devices, including two smartphones or tablets, and these mobile devices have become the new standard tool for browsing, interacting and shopping online,” said David Emm, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab.” However, despite using these devices to access the same internet as traditional computers, many users don’t think they require the same fully-fledged protection. Mobile devices” especially those without security protection” are increasingly attractive targets for online criminals. ” Without protection, PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones are all susceptible to internet threats. Tablets and smartphones in particular, being small and lightweight, are the most vulnerable to loss and theft” along with the personal data stored on them,” says David Emm.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.