Nowadays social media is used by millions of people to connect with each other, some use it for professional communications, while some just want to connect and make new acquaintances. Even though there are several features on some social networking sites to keep your personal data private, other information are open
for others to obtain. Some people like to keep their account as an open book that gives out their personal information to random people, without thinking twice that it can be used by fraudsters. Some accounts get easily hacked because of this attitude, and since they don’t hide their personal data, it becomes easily accessible to hackers.
Social media isn’t limited to only Facebook, there are other platforms like Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc that run the risk of being hacked as well. How you ask? The most common mistake is when we accept random friend request. That’s right, accepting friend request from unknown people can double the probability of your account getting hacked.
Although, it is quite unlikely that you will be able to identify the offender, the least you can do is avoid them. There are some steps you can follow before accepting a random request on any social networks.
If you receive a connection request in LinkedIn, you can also search for them on other social networks to know if they are genuine or not. There are times when you will see in Facebook that a person has two or three accounts, you can either ask the person directly if they created all of them. Because most people who forget the password to their Facebook account tend to make another account without bothering to get hold of the one that already exists.
You can also follow these beneficial strategies to keep yourself safe from such scams.
More than one account
To pursue this method, first check through your friend list if there are multiple accounts of a person with similar name but different pictures. You can notify them about it. There will be some accounts without any profile picture but are active anyway, there profile pages have very few or no details at all. You can guess the red signal here.
Avoid getting hacked
If you want to keep your personal information safe, try to avoid having public account and use the platform’s security settings for keeping crucial data hidden. And if a social media platform doesn’t offer security control, better avoid using such sites.
Photos indicate fraud
That’s right. You can recognise an imposter by exploring through their album or even profile picture. Some people post pictures of famous actors, babies or dolls as their main photo, but if they genuine their albums will contain their original pictures. You can also double check to see if the photos are snapshots or professional photos. Don’t get lured by photos showing six-pack abs or beautiful girls.
There have been various instances of sexual harassment of women from esteemed corporate working men in LinkedIn who connect on the pretext of prospective job offers but end up sending vulgar messages to them. While in Facebook these occurrences are prevalent from a long time. Though the added feature of ‘Report’ in Facebook is a good initiative, it is better to avoid connecting with them at all.
Try to be safe and keep others safe by following the above methods. As long as the connection doesn’t serve any purpose, it is better to steer clear from them.