BBB advises you to protect your personal information on social media
June 30, 2016, is Social Media Day, an annual celebration that recognizes the impact social media has on global communication. Today, more and more people are turning to social networking as a way to connect with long-distance friends and family, businesses, and the media. But, is sharing always caring?
According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 65 percent of American adults use social media. Unfortunately, simply having an online presence and posting articles or personal information may put you at risk of identity theft or hacking. Once information is posted to a social networking site, it’s no longer private. Remember, the more information you post, the more vulnerable you may become.
According to the FBI, hackers use social networking sites to gain access to your computer or phone by installing unwanted software. Sometimes referred to as “social hackers” or “social engineers,” these hackers manipulate people through social interactions online.
Here in Texas, social media is the third most common way scammers contact people, following phone and email, according to data collected by BBB Scam Tracker. Recently, BBB has seen a 122 percent increase nationwide in reports of scammers contacting people through social media.
To protect yourself on social media, BBB advises you: