Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn have become an important part of our personal and professional lives. We use them to share updates with distant friends and family, find like-minded people, network, expand our influence, or grow and support our customer base. However, just because these platforms are popular doesn’t mean they don’t carry risks.

Criminals may access your information and use it to commit harm online or in the real world. Or, your reputation could be inadvertently damaged by something you or a friend shares, including at work. Oversharing personal information on social media can put you at risk.

To demonstrate how easy this can be, here is a video showing just how much can be found out about the average person online:

To help you visualise the effect one of these attacks could have, here is a video showing what a cyber-attack would look like in the real world: