Social Media Cybersecurity Risks

Social media are often the cause of unintentional data leakage. To avoid these problems, only install a trusted application.

Providing Too Much Personal Information

Avoid sharing personal information online. It can put your personal information at risk. Don’t overshare on social media, those are enough for most identity thieves to break into your accounts or even to apply for credit cards using your personal information.  Always check your privacy settings so you are aware of who is seeing your posts, and be cautious when posting your location, full date of birth, or other personal details. And always be cautious of e-mail links and attachments.


In social media, there are a lot of online dating sites and apps. One of the most common problems of online dating is catfishing. Catfishing is the act of creating a false identity online in the hope of luring someone into a relationship. Some will create a fake profile using someone else’s photo and personal details. Once they have established their victim’s trust, their goal is to get you to reveal personal and financial information.

Unsecured Mobile Devices

Accessing your social media accounts using your mobile phone can be done with just one tap. Everyone should have a strong password to protect their phone. Without a strong password, anyone can have instant access to your most personal data and conversations especially if you lose your phone.

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