“There are still countless scams on the internet. How can we recognise them and protect ourselves from cyber attacks?” asks Eloise in Paris.
These social networks are a goldmine for anyone wanting to conduct identity theft
The response is from cyber security expert Nicolas Arpagian:
“To start with your have to be protected in a basic way, obviously ensure that you have an antivirus and firewalls to protect your computer.
Then be on the look out for malfunctions. For example, monitor your bank account, are there unaccountable debits. Is the computer running suspiciously slowly when you log in? That would mean that perhaps another programme is running in the background to what you’re doing, slowing it down.
Today, there’s a world of social networks, Facebook, LinkedIn, Viadeo, which are places where personal, intimate information can be known, interpersonal networks, what connects people, intimate relationships that link one individual to another. These social networks are a goldmine for anyone wanting to conduct identity theft. Very useful information to send messages to individuals, making them believe that they are someone they know or that they common interests.