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April 6, 2010

Thieves using Twitter and Facebook

TECHNOLOGY - Think you're safe from thieves while you go to work or on vacation?

Think again.

Smart thieves are using information from your Twitter and Facebook accounts to determine when you go on vacation, what hours you work and when you won't be home.

Then they break into your home, ransack the place for hours, load everything into a van or truck and are gone before you arrive home.

And they're not the only ones watching your Twitter/Facebook feeds... hackers are also looking, hoping to sneak into your email accounts and rob you of your internet identity, your credit card info and anything else of value.

Solution? Don't let unwanted people become friends with you or follow your Twitter feeds. Increase your privacy options as high as they can go. Don't give out too much info to "new friends" who are interested in you.

This isn't just a personal matter either. Its also a security issue for banks, governments and corporations. Members of the Canadian government, the Dalai Lama and other notable public figures have suffered at the hands of hackers.

According to a report released today by a team of researchers from the University of Toronto and Ottawa-based SecDev Group the Canadian government and the public needs to do more to safeguard their identity, their private data and keep it secret when they go on vacation.

Recent attacks by hackers in China targeted democracy advocates, the Canadian and American governments and appears to be fishing for sensitive government/personal data which has been stored insecurely.

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