Social media hacking, Internet scam safety tips

Take safety precautions when shopping online this holiday season.

ASHEVILLE – Today’s burning question involves addressing and preventing cybercriminal activity and holiday scams. Have a question for Answer Man or Answer Woman? Email Executive Editor Karen Chávez at [email protected] and your question could appear in an upcoming column.

Question: “I was born BC, before computers. While I have developed reasonable competency my skill set is far from what it is for the younger generation. Many of my friends including myself have individuals impersonating us and trying to get individuals to friend them using our names. How does that kind of hacking occur and other than being smart enough not to respond what can you do to stop it? Is there any way the hacker can be identified?”

Answer: Social media is all fun and games until someone makes a duplicate social media account impersonating you and sends a new request to connect to everyone on your friend list.