Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) July 13, 2010
http://www.Watchout4.me announced today the launch of its new service to monitor for hacker activity on your Twitter and Facebook accounts. Evidently Twitter and Facebook are not an ironclad wall of security. We know you are shocked! Actually social networks are really more of an opportunity for hackers compared to email. For hackers, social networks represent a lucrative fishing pond.
With an average of 130 connections per user on Facebook and 126 followers on Twitter per user, these targets offer cyber criminals a wide pool of potential victims and a much higher hit rate than email.
In most cases the victims are not even aware they have been hacked until the damage has been done. Many people assume that their virus software will somehow protect them on Twitter and Facebook. That is not the case.
Is it possible to stop hackers? No, not really. The best that can be accomplished is to set off a “security alarm” that notifies you with an alert providing personal security awareness, allowing you to take action.
Smart software that provides a security alarm:
Watchout4.Me has created smart software that watches your Twitter and Facebook content. It understands what it sees and sends alerts when something unusual happens. It might be an abnormal activity rate, uncharacteristic links or keywords commonly used by hackers.
Users set their personal alert preferences of email and/or text message to be notified of an event indicating the probability their accounts have been hacked. The service scans the accounts every 15 minutes and alerts the user in real-time if there is any sign of abnormal activity.
Watchout4.Me is a Web based service, so there is no software to install or download. Connecting accounts is simple without disclosing any passwords. Watchout4.ME is designed for everyone to use, no technical expertise is required. Just set it once and forget it, like a burglar alarm.
Watchout4.Me employs three areas of security monitoring:
Abnormal activity rate – the service calculates the velocity of messages/posts and compares that number to several benchmark values. Frequency of links – phished accounts typically include links in nearly every fraudulent message, trying to direct traffic to a virus or other malware infected page. Keyword surveillance - every message is checked against a compiled library of keywords that can indicate phishing or hacking activity. This list is updated as needed to counter attacks much like virus software is updated.
Jerry M. Klein, President of Watchout4.Me said; “The inherent nature of the personal information that is readily available to the public on Twitter and Facebook present a rich treasure trove for cyber criminals, and Watchout4.Me provides a valuable solution to address that problem.
The company offers Web based security services for users of social networks. Watchout4.Me is a consumer facing service and still in development is a tool for businesses to be alerted every time their company name appears.
Jerry M. Klein
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