Proper Instant Messaging Security Measures

Proper Instant Messaging Security Measures

One of the avenues where users can become a victim of cyber-attack is through instant messaging platforms. Some of these platforms include Whatsapp, Facebook Messanger, Yahoo Messengers and other platforms where people can send and receive messages. In this article, I want to look at some of the instant messaging security measures that must be taken to prevent cyber attacks. 

What is Instant Messaging…

Instant Messaging allows users to interact with other people on the internet using software applications such as Whatsapp, Messanger, Bots, Telegram, 2go among others.

Some of the security issues…

#1 IMWorm

IMWorm is a worm that can harm a computer. This particular type of virus can locate all your contacts when it finds its way into your device. The IMWorm is also capable of sending itself to all the contacts that you have on your phone or other devices. 

#2 Social Engineering

Social Engineering depends on human interaction that involves tricking people through Instant Messaging and getting their personal information. When you are a victim of social engineering, you might be tricked to reveal personal information when you feel that you are talking with the right person. 

#3 Spam Over IM

Spam Over IM is spam delivered through Instant Messanger instead of sending it through Email. Instant Messaging Systems such as Yahoo Messanger, AIM, Windows Live Messanger, and chat rooms in social networking sites are a popular target for spammers who might want to use those links to send unsolicited links. 

What you should not do?

  • Do not reveal personal information on the Instant Messaging platform.
  • Do not accept links from an unknown person on the Instant Messaging platform. 
  • Block users who send unsolicited web links. 
  • Always use a strong password
  • Sign out of the Instant Messaging platforms after using it. 
  • Do not check the Remember Password option


Benefits Of Cookies In Device Security

I know some of us have visited some websites and blogs recent and we are notified that the website makes use of cookies. At times, you do not even know whether you should accept or reject such information. In this article, I want to tell you some of the facts that you need to know about the use of cookies in device security. Follow me as we will look at this together in this article.

A cookie is a piece of information that is provided by a web server to a web browser and then sent back unchanged by the browser each time it accesses the server. Please note that anytime that browser visits the server, the cookie information is used in recognising the browser. 
Also, this activity is invisible to the user and is generally intended to improve the web surfing experience. 

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