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Free social media course

A free online course, “Social Media: Staying Secure in a Connected World” in support of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October has been offered by a security awareness training and simulated phishing platform. You can learn how to identify the social engineering attack vector, go through example scenarios showing how the bad guys do it and come away with actionable tips on how to protect yourselves and your organisations. The course comes in 34 languages.

Stu Sjouwerman, CEO at KnowBe4 said: “Social media may seem like a simple way to share information and connect with others, but people need to realise that it’s also an easy way for the bad guys to gather information to launch a social engineering attack. All it takes is one wrong click to allow them access to your accounts or even your devices. End users should be particularly aware of their security and privacy settings within social media platforms to ensure that they’re not sharing personal, sensitive information with the world.”

As the firm adds, with more people working from home and families depending on the internet, it is more important than ever to stay safe online and increase awareness and security practices in a different setting than they may be used to. Social media is often used to profile victims to set them up for social engineering scams such as phishing. According to the 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 70pc to 90pc of data breaches and incidents originate from phishing attacks.

To download the “Social Media: Staying Secure in a Connected World” course, visit


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