BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Everyone, from kids to grandparents, uses social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. They're a great place to keep in touch with friends, discuss the issues of the day and share news and opinions. And although these fantastic sites do have their upside, they also open users up to more computer viruses and online threats that may go beyond the power of their current internet security software or PC protection plan.
Just a few of the threats social network users face include:
Bogus E-mails from "Friends": Hackers lure users into taking actions they shouldn't by making it appear as if a friend within their social network has sent them an in-network e-mail – only the e-mail is from a hacker who's hijacked the friend's account.
Malicious Links or Bait: This type of scam involves personal messages to users that encourage them to click on a link. Doing so can do a number of things including sending users to a fake website, where they're prompted to download and install an executable file that turns out to be a virus that infects the user's PC.
Identity Theft: Social network users who share personal information with their entire network of friends such as birth dates, addresses, pets' names and other details leave themselves vulnerable to hackers who may guess their passwords and access their profiles based on the personal information they shared.
Internet Security Best Practices
To help increase your PC protection, users need only to install high-quality, updatable internet security software and keep a few simple rules in mind, such as:
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