Why You Should Not Accept an Unknown Friend Request
Godzilla Jungle: Hey
Godzilla Jungle: I am a girl looking for a new friend in the city.
Hemant: Whoâ€™s this?
These kind of conversations are very common nowadays, by the way I have had a friend request from this name â€œGodzilla Jungleâ€ and I immediately blocked it :-P. I think all of you will agree that we all have had some really weird friend requests, follow requests on our social media (majorly Facebook). Generally people accept friend requests without knowing the person to â€œincreaseâ€ the number of their Social media friends or for whatever reasons. Do you really think that accepting such friend request has no harm? Well you might be wrong this time. There are a hell lot of cyber criminals waiting for you to accept that request so that they can mess around. Even facebook tells people to not accept friend requests blindly.
Now you may be feeling what harm can somebody cause through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other SM. I have listed some of the harms below:-
Stealing Your Personal Information
Once you accept that possibly threatening friend request your life is like an open book for the criminal. Facebook is a hub for our personal information like our Birth date, Pictures, Work place sometimes address and phone numbers too. Once your new â€œfriendâ€ has access to all this info it becomes really easy for him/her to commit identity crimes. It becomes easy for them to hack your bank accounts as most of the banks require birth date for identification when you forget your passwords. E-mail hacking isnâ€™t new to us and we all know that some evil minds can really do this, now think the number of harms a person can cause you, on a personal front people get their bank statements on their email account and we all have saved our cards on various online portals linked to our email. Well these are only a few things that I am listing, a criminalâ€™s mind can go beyond the boundaries.
Threat of Stalking
Okay, all of us sincerely update Check-Inâ€™s on Facebook, donâ€™t we? Now think how easy it is for a stalker to trace you through your facebook account. I am sorry I am not scaring you from updating check-inâ€™s but this is the bitter truth. Active accounts help cyber criminals stay under the radar, as the person theyâ€™re stalking are likely to accept the Friend Request without thinking twice.
Our lives are stored in our laptops, thatâ€™s what I believe. We all generally save the important data in our PCs and Laptops to keep it safe. Fake accounts or supposedly cyber criminals post malicious links to oneâ€™s facebook wall and their friendsâ€™ wall as well, people generally click on the link and BOOM!!! Congratulations you have a Virus and Malware in your computer now otherwise your facebook account is hacked probably. Some links even trick the users so that they reveal their financial credentials.
So I hope you found this information useful and I would like to request my lovely WiseShe gang and all our lovely readers- Always Keep Your Eyes Open and think twice before accepting a friend request. Stay safe and happy 🙂
Do you accept any unknown friend request?
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