Think of a product you don’t really need that’s normally sold at a fairly affordable price. If you were offered this product at a 90% discount, would you buy it? What if somebody offered it for FREE – would you take it? My best guess is that you wouldn’t really buy something you don’t need, not even at a huge discount. But if you could get it for free, you’d jump at the opportunity, wouldn’t you? You’re only human. And the word “FREE” always appeals to human nature. But let’s face it, nothing’s really for FREE.
In the last few months, security researchers and analysts have been buzzing about the new wave of spear-phishing attacks, mainly targeting U.S. defence contractors, several universities and security firms. However, this should come as no surprise, since many of the security predictions for 2012 have placed spear-phishing in the spotlight, as one of the internet security threats to give companies and their employees really hard times.
Imagine you just bought a car. It’s right in front of your house – brand new and shiny. On the spur of the moment, you snap a photo of it with your smartphone and tweet about it to share your excitement with the entire world. A few minutes later, still under excitement’s spell, you tweet again: “Off to work. Taking her for a spin!” You just can’t help it. Who could?
But now, potential thieves can easily find out where you live and pay you a visit while you’re at work. All “thanks” to geo-tagging – this minor, so often overlooked detail. Not just your privacy is at stake, but your physical security, as well.
That is the question now!
Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities clearly states: You will not use Facebook if you are under 13. However, it is a well-known fact that a large number of Facebook users haven’t reached this “critical” age.