It’s a cyber-safety warning that is getting increasingly urgent. Thousands of Australians are having their personal information stolen, shortly followed by their cash, and we meet one woman who blames her Facebook account.
10 essential social media security measures:
- Change your passwords regularly and don't use the same password for all your accounts.
- Use Facebook's security measures to alert you if someone is trying to access your account.
- Use the Facebook privacy measures to limit who can see your personal information.
- Better yet, limit the personal info on your Facebook profile. Your friends probably know how old you are, where you work and where you went to school.
- Don’t open emails from unknown sources or with suspicious attachments.
- Never respond to an email asking for your personal information or passwords (reputable organisations will never ask you to do this)
- Use anti-virus software on your computer and keep it updated.
- Don’t randomly click on every link that pops up. Delete or ignore anything you can’t immediately identify.
- Never transfer money or arrange any kind of financial transaction over a social network. If you receive a request for help from a friend, always contact the person by phone before you take any action.
- Social networking quizzes, games, or free apps are not always as innocent as they seem. Never disclose phone numbers or personal info to access them.