Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Six Minute English: Social Media Scams

Good day readers!
Recently, everyone has been talking about Social Media - Twitter, Facebook to name but two. They help people find old friends, make new friends, keep in touch and share various aspects of their lives. I use Facebook to share some of my experiences, especially travel.

But there is a darker side. Stephen and Alice, the presenters on this week's Six Minute English, focus on one unpleasant aspect of social networks: the criminals who try to persuade you to reveal your password. Once they have this, they can do you a lot of damage.

Let's have a look at the questions:

1. This week's official question: Who was the first celebrity to have more than 10 million people following his or her updates on Twitter?

a) Ashton Kutcher
b) Lady Gaga
c) Stephen Fry


2. Social media offer an _____________ and _____________ way of staying in contact with those they _____________ and _____________. (one word in each space.)


3. Alice uses social media especially with friends who _____________ _____________.

4. BBC Technology Correspondent Mark Gregory mentions that social networking sites are an obvious target for scams involving _____________.


5. From how many computers has Microsoft taken its information?

6. What exactly are “phishing” frauds? What do they encourage you to do?


7. How can you protect yourself from a scam?

Now listen to Six Minute English. I suggest you give your answers in a comment since, especially for questions 5 to 7, you may go over the 200-character limit for the Tag Board.

I look forward to everyone's answers!

Have a very nice day,
Mike

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello Mike

hereafter you can find my answers for you:

1. Lady Gaga

2. Social media offer an easy and entertaining way of staying in contact with those they know and trust.


3. Alice uses social media especially with friends who live abroad

4. BBC Technology Correspondent Mark Gregory mentions that social networking sites are an obvious target for scams involving impersonation.

5. From how many computers has Microsoft taken its information?
6 hundred million computers around the word

6. What exactly are “phishing” frauds? What do they encourage you to do?
Generally the “phishing” frauds is when we get a message or an e-mail which seems come from someone we are used to know such as friends or colleagues. They encourage us to hand over our personal information such as our password or username

7. How can you protect yourself from a scam? We need to keep eyes open and to be vigilant especially for what concerns the information we share on line. Moreover we need to have always a secure password

see you soon
Giovanni

Mike said...

Thanks Giovanni! I think you are largely right. But i want to hear from lots of other people.

More soon,
Mike

Andrew Powell said...

These were awesome sessions! Thanks for the recap, it's easy to forget all the awesome stuff you learned after a long holiday weekend. I'm excited to look over my notes and put all I learned at Blog World into action!

mauro maurici said...

Hello Mike.
my answers are:

1) obviously, b
2) easy,entertaining, know, trust;
3) live abroad;
4) impersonation;
5) 600 million;
6) Fishing frauds are requests of your personal datas by hackers. The fisher encourages you to give datas like passwords, credit card's number, ecc..
7) Being very careful and creating a secure password.

See you tomorrow.
Mauro Maurici.

Mike said...

Hi Mauro! Thank you very much for your answers. I think they are mostly right but I will post the official answers later this week.
By the way, in your answer to Q.6: "Fishing" is really spelt "phishing", for some reason.
Hope this helps.
Mike