10 safety tips to protect online conversations with family, friends and colleagues

In times of pandemic and social isolation, online socialization apps and tools are the new way to keep in touch with friends, family and co-workers at a distance. Keeping personal data safe becomes a priority, especially in light of the latest events related to Zoom or even Houseparty.

To help keep users safe from the growing cyber threats that can arise in socializing applications, Kaspersky makes some recommendations.

According to David Emm, one of the company's top security researchers, users sometimes ignore some essential issues when trying to contact family, friends or colleagues as quickly as possible. Each of us must reflect and decide on what is or is not comfortable to share online, explains the expert.

Users should pay attention to how applications earn money. If they are free, it is very likely that personal data will be the currency of exchange. Thus, before installing them, it is necessary to check the permissions of the applications to understand what data is collected, stored and reused.

Another point that users should be aware of is the social engineering tactics of the applications, which, in many cases, try to convince them of something fictitious through the different forms of interaction. It is therefore important to check how the authenticity of users is confirmed, as well as the information shared through links.

Although there are no totally secure applications, it is important not to overlook the privacy aspect and verify that the data transmitted is encrypted. Kaspersky says that while the majority of the population considers that it is not an attractive target for hackers, the truth is quite different. Remember that information stolen by cybercriminals from ordinary mortals is often sold on black online markets and used in scams.