How Celebrity Social Media Activity Can Lead to Fraud

The way we use things like social media has a lot to do with the manner in which influential people tend to use these platforms. However, the mimicking of celebrity behavior on social media could potentially increase instances of identity theft as well as fraud, two things that are happening a lot more often than they used to on an internet that is becoming increasingly insecure as malicious actors become better at evading safety precautions that have been put into place.

If you want to understand how celebrity social media activity can lead to things like fraud, you need to start off by looking into what these people actually do on social media. Celebrities are known to post pictures of their pets along with the names of said pets. This would make your average social media user more likely to put up a picture of their own pets as well, giving away a piece of personal information that could potentially end up being used to their disadvantage by the aforementioned malicious actors.

A survey of 2,000 respondents by One Poll and Santander, found that 40 percent of millennials influenced by what celebrities and creators post on their social media profiles, while almost 8 in 10 confess to not knowing how to protect themselves from digital frauds.

People often use the names of their pets as their passwords for their various social media accounts and the like. Another thing that should be kept in mind is that a lot of people will have the exact same password for multiple accounts, which means that if a malicious actor gets their hands on one password they could potentially end up accessing a wide variety of accounts that would give them a lot of information and data about the person whose accounts they are illegally accessing.

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