Better late than never. At least the saying becomes absolutely for internet users in the wake of the recent Facebook data breach revelations. Indian cyber security agency has cautioned and advised the internet users, detesting them from sharing their vote preferences and Aadhaar details on the social media platforms.
To know more, the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), i.e. the country’s nodal agency meant for combating hacking and phishing and mandated to fortify the country’s internet domain security, has issued an advisory for Facebook and other social media users. To this, they have requested the users of not sharing their personally identifiable information (PII) or personal information (PI) on these sites or apps (mobile applications).
With this, the CERT-In has also specified that the advisory was being issued for the internet and social media users in the country in the backdrop of the recent Facebook users data compromises. The exact words read like, “Facebook admitted there has been a data breach as the personal data tracked was used by various external parties for unauthorized activities. In the wake of this development, the users are advised to take diligent measures to safeguard their personal data. Facebook being part of a public network could allow easy access to information which should not be disclosed”.
This entire application of advisory is in lieu of the Cambridge Analytica, the firm allegedly at the center of Facebook data breach scandal, which has been asked by the Information and Technology Ministry last week, to furnish a list of clients and the source of data it had collected from India.
The notice came after reports that political parties had used the data analytics firm during elections.
The cybersecurity sleuths organization regarded here that the users of the cyberspace should stick to the “best practices” like non-posting of private information and non-disclosure of an individuals location.
In addition to the above, the advisory also suggested some more dos and don ts and advised the users that in case of a data breach, they should immediately approach the help desk of the concerned social media platform and also lodge a complaint with the cyber wing of the police.
It has also suggested social media users against letting unknown or unverified applications access their Facebook account.
Along with this, it has also asked them to be diligent in giving permission to the third party apps that can access their public profile which includes name, profile pictures, username, user ID (account number), friends list, gender, age range, and location. It advised that internet users should “close” dormant accounts as they could be compromised without the users’ knowledge.
The list of other suggestions read like, “Do not open messages/images received from untrusted sources or received unexpectedly from trusted sources and use strong account-specific passwords, use a mix of different types of characters to make the password harder to crack. Assess the applications being used in your mobile devices or browsers as most of the applications either use Facebook or Google to sign in. Also, keep all the mobile apps updated and update the security settings on social networks regularly”.