Friends in Low Places

Are Your Facebook Friends Giving You a Virus?

Highly targeted attacks known as spear phishing go after individuals or groups of individuals by distributing links or attachments that contain viruses and malware, such as ransomware.

Social media, such as Facebook, are susceptible to helping spread viruses because users have a sense of familiarity with whom they’re communicating. After all, it’s a friend of yours that you knew years ago that posted that link or sent the photo attachment of their new puppy. This (sometimes false) sense of familiarity causes individuals to be less cautious about clicking on a link than they would be if a stranger emailed them or walked up to them on the street and asked if they wanted to see some photos.

Your bank is likely blocking access to social media due not only to the security threat but also the loss of employee productivity. You don’t want a slow network because someone is watching a Facebook Live feed of birds landing on their 2nd cousin’s new bird feeder. If your bank is using social media as part of your marketing program, it’s likely that there’s limited access within the bank that’s only for individuals who need such access.

Be aware when using social media on your own personal devices and be cautious when accessing or sharing links and attachments from other social media accounts. Links on advertisements can direct you to malicious sites, and you can’t be sure of what security your friend from long ago has on their personal devices. If their laptop or other device has been compromised it may appear as if it’s a friend that is posting, but it could be a targeted attack against you.

Cyber attackers are becoming increasingly sneaky and aggressive in their attempt to steal information or cause technical distress. For more ways to help keep you safe online, contact BankOnIT at 800-498-8877, option 2, or