Whilst there is no denying the power of social networks as a channel of communication (Facebook has in the region of 900 million registered accounts), security experts say users need to be aware of the ever-present threat from malware authors and scammers.
Service providers within the security space say that social networks have become an inherent part of today’s Internet. For many people, it has become the primary medium for sharing ideas and interacting with friends.
According to Internetworldstats.com, as of March 2012, Africa as a whole had 40, 205, 580 Facebook users. By December 2011 Egypt was recorded to have 10,475, 940 users on Facebook.
Norton has identified several threats and social engineering tricks that are commonly used by scammers within the social network space to take advantage of unsuspecting users.
They have listed these threats in the info-graphic below.