Top 5 Social Networking Attacks You Should Dodge


1. Fake Offering

Fake offer attacks use free gift cards and other offers to trick users of social networks to join a fake event or group. Symantec said the scam has increased significantly in recent months and currently makes up 82 percent of all social media attacks in 2013. If the offer requires the user to share credentials or send a text to a phone number, it’s a likely sign that the offer is too good to be true, said Symantec's Haley.

"Often these offers can come from a friend," Haley said. "The friend's account gets hijacked and it's their friend suggesting that they click on a link; not just some random stranger or pop-up."