More than half of Brazilians use social networks as a source of information, reveals Kaspersky

A study carried out this year by Kaspersky in partnership with the Corpa institute revealed that about 71% of Brazilians use social networks — Facebook, Instagram or Twitter — as a source of information on a wide range of subjects, including politics, health and science, topics that have had a high demand for searches since the beginning of the pandemic caused by covid-19.

The survey also reveals that about 83% of respondents said they take care of their health based on publications seen in these media, while 88% of people reported using social networks to stay informed about the functioning of public services.

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These results point to possible risks related to the privacy of users when searching for information, as criminals can take advantage of this demand to direct victims to pages containing false data that can threaten the security of navigation.

The company identified that the messages of phishing — a practice that consists of inducing the victim to provide their personal data — reached around 15.4% of Brazilians who use social networks during the period of eight months, highlighting the importance of adopting practices in order to prevent virtual scams.

[…] As soon as the isolation rules started, we had a boom in phishing attacks. This was because online services became the only option for many people who needed to stay at home. Another great example are the scams to steal WhatsApp, which we released a few months ago”

Fabio Assolini
Senior Security Analyst at Kaspersky in Brazil.

According to cybersecurity experts, people need to be wary of phone calls, text messages or emails containing suspicious information or proposals, it is recommended to always check the sender for data on official government channels.

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