Social Media: Secure Your Profiles
Social media is an incredible innovation. It empowers billions of people to share and connect with others across the globe. While it’s highly beneficial, it also makes people more vulnerable to scams. Here are some of the most common ones to look out for:
This is when a scammer creates a mock social media profile to bait you into a fake online relationship. The scammer then builds trust and leverages the relationship to get money or other valuable benefits from you.
There are two forms of profile hijacking to look out for. In one scenario, a scammer will hack into your profile and change the password, essentially locking you out. (That’s why you need a strong password!) The other scenario involves the scammer pretending to be you by creating a profile identical to yours. In both cases, the scammer will often reach out to your friends for money.
Your Facebook newsfeed may be full of fun quizzes to find out things like who your celebrity soulmate is, or which superhero you are. While those can be entertaining, you have to be careful. Some quizzes from unrecognized sources could include hidden links that can steal your personal information, or they could be gaining personal information from the quiz to hack your passwords.
The URL for the Connexus website is https://www.connexuscu.org/. You can tell by looking at it that you’re going to the Connexus Credit Union website. If you use a URL shortener on it, the same URL could look like this: https://bit.ly/2suY0Tq. It still takes you to the Connexus website, but you can’t tell by simply looking at it.
A scammer could trick you into thinking you’re going to be directed toward a reputable site, but the shortened URL could actually be linked to a page that leaves malware or directs you to another scam. Short URLs are common on Twitter® because of the character limit, so be sure you trust the source of the URL.
What You Should Do
- Avoid clicking on suspicious links and ads. Make sure you know and recognize the source.
- Ensure the passwords for your social media accounts are strong.
- Don’t take Facebook® quizzes created by brands you’ve never heard of or don’t trust.
- Never send money to someone you don’t know.