Top tips from a white-hat hacker
Social networks are ideal places for online criminals intent on financial exploitation. Adrien de Beaupre should know. He’s a white-hat hacker who conducts ‘penetration testing’ services for his clients. Businesses pay him to find flaws in their cybersecurity so they can fix them before the bad guys – the black hats – exploit them for real.
“We use social media sites to leverage information about our clients,” says de Beaupre. “Information like passwords, the name of your dog, where you went to school, your date of birth – all this information is readily available, and it’s all useful.”
Attackers can also hack social media accounts directly to pose as the individual, enabling them to gain trusted access to others. These attacks are rampant. 148,000 people were the victim of identity fraud in the UK last year, and one in ten people in the UK were hacked.
Here are de Beaupre’s top six tips to help you safeguard your social media and ultimately your personal security.