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No, that’s not a quote from a hipster security analyst. It comes from a hacker’s guide to doxing - using people’s social media profiles to compromise their accounts.
Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and even Michelle Obama have seen personal information posted online after hackers gained access to their accounts.
How? In most cases, the answers to victims’ secret questions were posted right on their public profiles. Last 3 cities you lived in? Check. Parents’ and grandparents’ names? Check. Even if the answers themselves aren’t there, they're often easy to guess based on what is provided.
Celebrities aren’t the only targets, so be careful what you share about yourself. It doesn’t hurt to run a few searches to see what kinds of online tidbits you may have left behind. Google is an obvious one, but people searches like pipl.com are also worth a look.
As the April 2013 issue of SC Magazine points out, education remains the most vulnerable profession when it comes to malware encounters. Keeping an eye on your online profiles and using good anti-virus software like Sophos can go a long way toward making sure you don’t become one of those statistics.
Learn more – onguardonline.gov
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