Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media platform? 4 things you should not miss

Cyber Dost, the cyber safety and cybersecurity awareness handle maintained by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has shared four tips for social media users. Posted on the microblogging site Twitter, these tips can help users secure their social media accounts and prevent falling prey to online frauds.

The four tips are:

  • Check your social media account settings like security, visibility, and privacy periodically.
  • Beware of fake friend requests in the name of a known person. Verify the credentials before accepting the friend request.
  • Be vigilant while posting your personal pictures/activities 'publically', as it may be misused.
  • Use two-factor authentication for accessing your social media account through OTP on mobile or email.
Social media is one of the most common platforms where online scams occur. While social media giants have been taking several steps to safeguard their platform, the scammers are also finding new ways to target the victims. Recently, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, CERT-In, under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology warned users against Instagram phishing attacks.

CERT-In has shared an image in a post on Twitter that explains how the scam occurs. Initially, the victim will be contacted via Instagram DMs. The message could be related to sharing images or products for sale. It will usually have a link that the scamster will ask to click. As a user clicks on this link, he/she may lose control of their email account. Scamster may also try to crack the password of the victim's other online accounts and blackmail the victim or those in his friend list.

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