The Information Commissioner’s Office and a number of I.T security experts have warned small business owners and their employees of the dangers of making personal data freely available online.
Robert Schifreen, an ex-hacker and I.T security expert, has claimed that use of social networking websites
such as Facebook and Twitter could expose users to identity fraud by giving away too much information.
Mr Schifreen went on to add that many of the personal details that people make freely available online are
often enough to allow fraudsters access to their bank accounts:
“The trouble is, if you put out on the internet in general things like your date of birth, where you were
born, what your mother’s maiden name is, where you went to school – those are the same bits of information
that banks want to know for security questions.”
Recent research released this week by CPPGroup PLC, a provider of life assistance products and services, reported that people around the UK receive roughly 420,000 scam emails an hour!
As a result many people are being urged never to enter usernames, passwords or credit card details from clicking on a link within an email message. Users are advised to go direct to the website to utilise online banking instead.
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