Did you know that posting on Twitter could put you and your employer at risk of a cyber attack? Most people assume that cyber attacks are incredibly complicated and sophisticated, and that hackers only target well-known companies, large government agencies or financial organizations. After all, those are the kinds of attacks we read about most often in the news. But the reality is that hackers attack businesses of all sizes and industries and steal personal data directly from individuals – anything that’s vulnerable. For that reason, posting certain things on social media makes you and your business more visible, and possibly more susceptible, to an attack.
One of our security researchers recently wrote an article on this topic for Hospitality Technology Magazine. The article explains five risky social media behaviors. Here’s an excerpt from the article explaining the first risky behavior:
1. Oversharing: Social media accounts are a treasure trove of personal information including birthdays, education history, and family relations. And this same personal information is commonly used as a security check for password recovery forms. An attacker trying to gain access to your online bank account or corporate email account could easily guess password recovery questions simply by visiting your public profile on Facebook or Twitter. Since company accounts are linked directly to the individual accounts of their managers, personal social media accounts can be another entry point for hackers. The more details about your life you leave open to the public, the more at risk you are to leaking information that could be used for account takeover.