Beware Security Threats on Five Popular Social Networking Sites - Slide 3

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Tumblr encourages users to repost content quickly and easily an ideal scenario for scammers who can think up a good ruse. Many of the most popular Tumblr threats involve fake “official” Tumblr staff blog entries serving up “free” offers, such as airline tickets and Starbucks gift cards, to users who complete a reward offer or survey. Since users typically don’t check the validity of content sources likely a result of the “rapid reblog” Tumblr mindset they are misled into divulging PII that is often used for malicious gain.

Are social networking sites inherently more vulnerable to security risks, malware and malicious attacks? Social media is all about, well, being social, and because most interactions occur within a network of confirmed “friends,” users often let their guard down when using these sites. When you factor in the vast amount of personally identifiable information (PII) housed on these channels, social networks are a prime target for cyber criminals.

Understanding what types of attacks are most common on different social media platforms, and why, can help users identify and defend against malware lurking on them. With this in mind, GFI Software analyzed the most common threats on five popular social networking sites to better understand what makes them such easy targets.

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