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Social Networking Risks: How safe are you??
October 14, 2009, 3:50 am
Filed under: Identity Theft | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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“Last month, officials from the government gave out a general warning that criminals might be taking a keen interest in what you leave behind in social networking sites. They were pointedly referring to the unbridled popularity of social networking and to the dangers social networking might expose users to”.

“Criminals, they warn, might be looking to test the territory of social websites to enact crimes like pedophilia and phishing scams. The danger of identity theft in social networks was particularly highlighted as swindlers can use bits and pieces of information posted online by users to steal their identity. The warning should bring the spotlight on the loopholes in social networking security and how users can avert dangers arising out of them”.

Fraud and scam news – http://www.419legal.org/blog/2008/04/09/social-networking-risks-how-safe-are-you-with-revealing-personal-information-in-social-networking-sites/

After much research into this topic I myself am feeling unsure about my safety in regards to identity theft. This particular issue has grown much more over the past year and many believe it is going to get much worse. Face book seems to most users a way to keep in touch with friends, share images and up date your every day activities but what many users don’t think about is their personal safety when using social networking sites like face book.

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I actually have a friend whose email has been hacked in the last week. It’s the classic “Send me money I’m stuck in Barcelona” kinda deal. I’m not sure how this kind of scam would translate to social networks. There might be more personal data on facebook than on your email, but the activity of your twitter, facebook or myspace account is also more visible to everyone on your network. This might make it more detectable? Possibly?

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