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KnowBe4 makes a free Social Media Phishing Test (SPT) available that helps companies identify employees who are susceptible to phishing. According to the supplier, the number of attacks originating from social media accounts increased by 43 percent.

Hackers would increasingly use social media to attack companies. The phishing emails used for the SPT therefore seem to come from social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Users often feel they can rely on messages coming from their verified connections. Something that makes it easy for them to fall prey to attacks via social media. Unfortunately, they have not been able to obtain personal information from hackers by means of so-called scrambling. Moreover, they are often unaware that they are being redirected to a landing page that almost looks like a real one.


Scraping automatically scrapes information from a particular web page. The data are then copied to a separate database, after which they can be used for different purposes.

Social media platforms have become commonplace. However, many users are not aware of the risks involved in using different platforms. They are also more difficult to regulate in an office environment. This is because employees can access social media from their phone or work computer. Trainings and tests are therefore necessary to increase safety awareness in the field of social media, says Stu Sjouwerman, CEO of KnowBe4.

The SPT trains users to recognize red flags. By making the test, professionals gain insight into how often they click through and what kind of data is entered on a fake landing page. Something that makes more targeted training a possibility.

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