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High percentage of social media users targeted online in 2020

July 29, 2021

MUSCAT: Eight-six per cent of respondents in a survey in Oman said either they themselves or family members were targets were targeted by cyber criminals via social networks last year. In most cases fraudsters pretended to be a familiar of potential victims: the manipulation scheme presented a request for help from a friend, global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky said in a report.

Users may not recognise immediately who the person on the other side of the screen is. Though nearly a majority of respondents mentioned that they or their loved ones identified the scammers immediately (56 per cent), 43 per cent still needed to start a dialogue for doing this, the report noted.

“Social media are highly integrated in our daily life and scammers just cannot miss the opportunity to reach users directly through all the popular platforms. The fraudsters may find your personal data in your social media account and use it, for example with social engineering methods. In this case, we shouldn’t forget about basic security rules. For example, it’s better to hide private data and double-check your interlocutor if he urgently asks to transfer money or open a suspicious link”, comments Maher Yamout, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky.

People also try to stay safe from scammers through special apps and programs. According to the survey, at least 12 per cent respondents use special security solutions (antivirus) to protect themselves against online scams, 12 per cent installed Caller ID and 33 per cent apply built-in phone functions (blacklist and etc.) against phone fraud.

Some basic security rules: • do not click on suspicious links in emails and messages in chats; • if you have found out about a particular promotion and want to participate, check the official website or official social media accounts to reassure that this company or brand is holding it • install a reliable security solution with up-to-date databases of phishing sites, scam and spam.

• never share confidential information with third parties, including a one-time code from an SMS or push notification; • install a solution that detects phone numbers of spammers and fraudsters; • Remember: if an offer on the Internet sounds too tempting to be true, then most likely it is fake.

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