‘Avoid becoming a victim of social media scams’

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BRUNEIANS should be careful when posting information and personal details on social media to avoid becoming victims of scams.

In a recent interview with The Brunei Times, Yussof Sidek, Head of IT Security at Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), said people in Brunei should be cautious about posting on social media as this could attract unwanted attention online.

“There’s a huge (knowledge) gap between technology and people. Cyber security is usually talked about but not always taught about,” he said.

He said today more people are conducting their personal affairs online, whether it is online shopping, social networking or job hunting, adding that ‘staying connected’ via social media has become part of our lives.

While technology may offer convenience to users, it could pose more danger, he said.

Speaking on the sidelines of the TEDx Youth@Gadong Conference at Jerudong International School (JIS), he said there are several steps that Bruneians, particularly youths, can take to minimise their risk of becoming a cyber crime victim.

“You see these days that a lot of people tend to just post their personal information online without thinking about the consequences,” he said.

For example, people shouldn’t post pictures of their boarding passes on the Internet, he said.

“People tend to share this important information on social media sites like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, and it’s a bad idea,” he said, adding that besides the traveler’s first and last name, the information on the boarding pass may also include their origin and destination airports and frequent flyer number.

Someone could use that frequent flyer number to access the person’s account and also access the barcode attached to the itinerary which contains their name, address and personal details.

Yussof also urged the public to avoid using mobile banking platforms over a public network or WiFi access point, adding that Bruneians should avoid scam emails, calls or messages that try to trick users into giving out personal or account details.

The Brunei Times