Social Media "Smugging" a Reality
Unfortunately with such popularity also comes opportunity for criminals. Last year 60 million social profiles were accessed without permission in the UK alone. And I do not mean your significant other checking up on you. Nearly two profiles are “smugged” per second. Yes I wrote smugged. This crime is referred to as “smugging” and I am sure I do not have to explain why. Let’s see how long that takes to end up on the Urban Dictionary.
As reported by Capital One, people would login to their accounts and find comments posted they never wrote and messages sent to contacts that they never authored. This may not seem like a big deal but we seem to forget how much information lies in our social profiles which can set us up for identity theft.
Michael Woodburn of Capital One warns us, “"In the excitement of connecting with those around us, remembering to protect your online profile can often take a back seat, which can leave people open to smugging, or worse, identity theft,"
There are simple precautions to take if you fear being hacked. Woodburn also tell us, "Small actions like protecting your mobile with a password, using a password that is a combination of numbers and letters and regularly checking bank and credit card statements, can go a long way in helping people protect themselves against a smugging attack and identity theft."
Also make sure to always log out of social media websites – even at home but especially on public machines and at work.Continued on the next page