Cyber crimes and social networking

It is a matter of common experience that many passionate users of social networking sites including Face Book, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn etc are easy target of internet scams.

Recent reports from Antivirus firms have indicated that cyber crime is increasing day by day. These social networking sites are easily being targeted. Messages are frequently sent supposedly from friends of the user, and entirely based on trust; the user if not informed on the dangers, will open them up. Consequences to this may include personal data being used for different unwanted purposes.

Most of the users are expected to be well aware of the fact however, there still may be many others who are unaware and thus they are the easy targets of internet scams.

As it was reported from the Economic Times, email services’ anti-spam security measures are much higher of social networking sites, which lead to the criminal fraternity venturing into these waters.

In a statement from Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos “Graham Cluley,” has said, “People have grown wise to email spam. They recognise all the warning signs now. But a lot more people are tricked by spam messages sent by their ‘friends’ on sites like Face Book as they have a position of trust.” He then went on to finish with what can happen if personal information is accessed.

It is high time for users to be educated how to use these networking sites safely.  In the mean time, social networking sites should also take effective measures to protect the users from the tactics of internet scams.

Iqbal Yousafzai

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