14 January 2007

The social-engineering problem (& solution)

(Net Family News)
Watch out for emails that say there's been some unauthorized activity in your Amazon.com, Paypal, or bank account and 'click here' to confirm or reset your account information - username, password, social security number, etc. This is called 'social engineering,' and your kids get the messages too in IM, email, and social Web sites, in language tailored to their interests, (e.g., 'click to this cool video I put in YouTube...'). Beyond the tricks adults encounter, it's social engineering that gets kids to add people they don't know to friends lists or reveal more about themselves than they should.