Social Media Hacking
If hackers can steal Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's profile, are you safe?
The fan page of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg getting hacked days after it happened to the Facebook page of France's president has exposed a scary reality about security on social websites.
"The bad guys are going out there on social networks, they're trying basically all tricks on new platforms," says McAfee Internet Security's Joris Evers.
Platforms like Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn and Facebook are especially vulnerable in Wifi environments to a hacking technique called "sidejacking".
"If you're sitting at a public hot spot, a public wireless hotspot like at an airport or a coffee shop, somebody can just grab your user credentials for a site like Facebook out of the clear sky," warns Evers.
The top advice from experts: Don't go to social sites using public Wifi, or, if you do, make sure there's an "s" on the end of http in the address window, which is a good thing to do even at home.
"The 's' basically stands for 'security'. What that means is that now your traffic from your computer to the website is encrypted," Evers explains.
Late last week Facebook started offering the more secure "https" to its users in response to these attacks.