In the last installment of National Cyber Security month, I wanted to share a few social media threats with you that you may not be aware of. Cyber criminals are taking advantage of the way that we use social media platforms, usually with schemes that puts us at risk. Here are a few cyber criminal schemes that you may encounter on social networking sites, what they do, and how to avoid them.
Twitter Instant Followers
So you want more followers, more likes, and more retweets. Using a service that promises this can compromise your security. Apps and services that offer instant followers compromise your Twitter account by making you follow other users of the app and send out Twitter spam that advertises the app. Other spam-related problems could attack your account even from a one-time authorization.
How to avoid? Be cautious about giving apps or services access to your Twitter account. Scammers behind these activities know exactly what you want based on the hacked intel they gathered from you. Be watchful of anything that promises quick solutions. Also make sure that you’re logged into the official Twitter website.
Instagram InstLike Promises Free Likes and Followers
Thousands of Instagram users were tricked into sharing their account details with the InstLike scam. They gained the likes and followers they were looking for but, this malicious app stole the user’s password and other information to feed the malware and spread the infection. It has been reported and flagged. Unfortunately, InstLike is still operational and continues to scam unknowing users.
How to avoid? Be aware of current cybercrime methods. If you were tricked by this particular scam, change your password and delete the app. Use your security software to check your system for malware and get rid of any traces of the infection.
Cyber criminals use anything that works, so if it worked the first time they will probably use something similar again. Be on the look out and don’t get duped.