Happy Safer Internet Day!

Kara Reeder

Security experts are using the European Union's annual Safer Internet Day initiative to renew warnings about online fraud and malware, especially on social-networking sites. According to V3.co.uk, this year's theme is 'Think B4 U Post' and is mainly targeted at the online threats.


Those who use social networks are particularly at risk, says Phil D'Angio, online security expert at VeriSign. Many users not only post their name and birth date, but also mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Simply inviting friends to a party gives criminals a postal address.

Before you know it, you're a prime target for identity theft.

In a blog post, Andrew Brandt, a malware researcher at Webroot, warns about a myriad of other dangers:

Key-logging software disguised as 'updates' are everywhere, fake security alerts pop up when you least expect them, phishing web pages are more cleverly designed than ever to steal your passwords, spam is choking e-mail, worms stalk social networks, and even your mobile phone is at risk of malicious software designed to steal valuable information.

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