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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Social Media Today: Social Media & Crime

More common than hacking, phishing, data mining identify theft, or other big fear is the threat of someone using more "normal" information against you.  54% of burglars say that posting your status and whereabouts on social media is a victim's biggest mistake. By broadcasting to people that you are away from home, you are advertising that you are leaving your home unprotected. 78% of burglars admit to using Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Google Street View to select victim's homes. Although there isn't much you can do about Google Street View, you can choose how much you share on other social media websites. All the information posted online, no matter how mundane it seems, can be potentially used against you by the right person sitting and waiting for you to make it available to them.  

We know a lot about cyber crime.  We know that we're most likely to be hacked and have our data stolen by a virus or a hacker somewhere, and we're wary about where we use our credit cards online. We know a lot about cyber crime, except we really don't. We’ve all been warned about clicking on suspicious links or opening spam e-mails, but did you know that a jaw-dropping eighty-one percent of Internet crime is committed using social media?

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Lisa Hylton | Press Release: Social Media Today Article: Social Media & Crime

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