Wednesday Dec 10, 2008

Socialnetworking Not Immune as Facebook Is Hit By Koobface

If you are a Facebook user that has received some crazy emails recently from "friends" with enticing subject lines to click on a video or picture should think twice before clicking the link.  The Koobface virus has rared it's ugly head again and for some in the eweek article posted here have had to throw out their PC's because of being infected.  Facebook has been great about identifying scams and exploits and maintains this page for users to get information about their security.  

In the interest of spreading the word and propagating good usage of the internet:

Here are some ways to be smart and aware on Facebook:

  • If a link or message seems weird, don't click on it. This is true of all spam—whether a chain letter, an ad, or a phishing scam. If it seems weird for an old friend to write on your Wall and post a link, that friend may have gotten phished. Let the person know, and don't click on links you don't trust.

  • Be aware of where you enter your password. Just because a page on the Internet looks like Facebook, it doesn't mean it is. Learn to tell the difference between a good link and a bad one.

  • Report any spam or abuse you see on discussion boards and Walls. Those report links are there for a reason. The sooner we find spam, the sooner we can remove it and eliminate spammers from the site.

  • Don't use the same password on Facebook that you use in other places on the web. If you do this, phishers or hackers who gain access to one of your accounts will easily be able to access your others too. You might find yourself locked out of your email and even your bank account.

  • Never share your password with anyone. Don't do it. Facebook will never ask for your password through any form of communication. If someone pretending to be a Facebook employee asks you for it, don't give it out, and report the person immediately.
  • Don't click on links or open attachments in suspicious emails. Fake emails can be very convincing, and hackers can spoof the "From:" address so the email looks like it's from Facebook. If the email looks weird, don't trust it, and delete it from your inbox.

  • Add a security question. If your account ever does get stolen, you might need this to prove your identity to Facebook. If you haven't already done so, you can add a security question from the "Account Settings" page.

Also, if you are interested in avoiding scams during the holiday season here is a helpful site from CNET.  The site can be viewed here.


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