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The growing social network security risk

by Brian Sims

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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