Etay Maor works for IBM Security as an executive security advisor. He’s an expert on professional hackers. Maor is offering up some very good advice to avoid major problems with your smartphone and your personal computers.
He knows most of us are pretty good — and feel confident — about the complex passwords we use to protect our devices. But most of us fall short in one of the more dangerous areas — social media.
He says you have more to worry about what’s happening online than the sharing of phone numbers, credit card numbers and addresses. Things like the use of your mother’s maiden name or the name of your pet on social media can be just as dangerous, if not more dangerous.
These are things that are often used in the two-step verification questions or password verification. They are easily learned by a scammer just by spending some time on your Facebook page, or Twitter and Instagram posts.
"Today, people are writing about everything,” Maor said. "They're putting everything online, and then they get mad at you if you don't read it.”
Social media is not something we think about — Maor noted — however, we do think about what we give to companies and organizations needing personal information. What we don’t realize is that some of that information isn’t actually needed. With that he gave an example of not putting his Social Security number on a new patient form at a doctor’s office.
Maor said the doctor didn’t need the info. "So why did you ask me for that in the first place?” He said. ”If you get breached, and then the information is there, I'm going to have a whole other set of problems.”
Another important area is application permissions. Some companies like Apple and Google will try to make it easier to manage the apps that have access to different parts of your smartphone. It is — however — up to you to keep track of the apps and what they’re accessing on the phone.
"We don't look at it anymore, we just click next," Maor said. "So we need to pay attention to these things."
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