We all love using the Internet, but this interconnected network of information definitely has its dangers. After all, the Web is an entirely different place than it was in the late 1990s, when no one used their full name and people gathered on bulletin board systems to chat. Here are 10 modern-day threats which could attack you at any moment.
1- Someone can hack into your social media account to share websites with pornography.
Not only is this incredibly annoying, but it can also get your account in trouble with the website. Not to mention, it breaches your safety and security. Change passwords often, and make sure they’re complex.
2- Fake e-mails and messages from “Facebook,” “Apple,” and “Microsoft.”
If you see a suspicious-looking messages in your spam folder, don’t open it. The senders are just scammers or phishers trying to steal your info or give you a virus. Remember, if a message is legit, it won’t be in your spam folder. (Admittedly, though, you can still get spammy e-mails in your inbox, so that’s something else to watch out for.)
3- Your social network can find out everything about you—and then sell it to advertisers.
Social media enjoys collecting information on their clients, from their hobbies to their interests and regular hangouts. The more your information is spread around, the more likely it is that someone will get their hands on it. To ward against this, be wary about “liking” too many things online, and don’t use services like Foursquare if you can avoid it.
4- Burglars can come steal your things.
Don’t post on social networks where or when you’re going on vacation; burglars can access this information and use it for their own nefarious purposes. Don’t post your travel plans on social media, and use the highest privacy settings possible.
5- Your identity can be stolen.
Thieves use the information they find on social networking websites to hack their targets, such as birthdays and e-mail addresses. Be careful about putting your date of birth online.
6- Someone posing as an acquaintance might ask you for money.
It’s entirely possible that a criminal hacks into a friend’s Facebook account and hits you up with requests for moolah. It’s also entirely possible that you should say no, which you must do. After all, why would your second cousin be messaging you on Facebook, asking you for money?
7- A social media account can be hacked to follow other accounts.
This is more terrible than it sounds, since who knows what other threats your account is now open to? Ensure that your passwords are safe and secure.
8- Someone offers you very cheap prices for an amazing trip—but for a limited time only.
These messages will usually pop up in your e-mail inbox—and they’re always fraudulent, even if the trip itself is free (the hotel rates are through the roof, there are hidden fees, or you’ll have to listen to a timeshare presentation). You can’t refund, either. These often end up in your spam folder, so you only need to ignore them.
9- Facebook apps that will allow you to see who looked at your profile.
This is known as clickjacking, and it’s against the rules of Facebook, which doesn’t natively offer this service. Many clickjacking scenes will ask you for—or even steal—your personal information.
10- Fake celebrity news items.
If you don’t recognize the name of the news source that appears on your feed, that might be because this is a scam. Simply Google the news item before clicking on the link.