Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Beware of Facebook Worms and Scams

Facebook, the social network created by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, almost has one billion members and a website value of 50 billion dollars.

Every day, anyone who has a Facebook account can post pictures, status messages, videos, notes, links and comments which are shared with their friends or network. As we see our friends' posts and somewhat became interested, we click on them to view or know more. However, we must be careful because there are evil hackers in the web who get into our friends' accounts and post stuff, making us prone to become victims of scams and clickjacking.

Here are some tips that you can follow to stay away from online hassles:

1. Check the Links

Look through the links that you open or copy and paste into your browsers. Once a user pastes the JavaScript (malicious code) into the browser, the "clickjacker" will have control over your profile and your profile can easily become infected. The virus will start spreading to the profiles of your friends.

2. Watch Out for Phishing Schemes

Be extremely cautious when it comes to phishers trying to gain access to your profile. Sometimes you can receive these through your email or even a post on your page. To recognize a phishing scheme, you must always read the URL in the top address bar of your explorer. Never sign into Facebook through a link or another website without making sure it says first. One a phisher tricks you, most likely through group invitations, groups or fake malicious pages, your profile becomes hacked.

3. Don't Welcome the "Koobface" Worm

This worm is passed from one user to another through posts. Once clicked, it will prompt you to upgrade your Adobe Flash Player. If you are ignorant much, initial reaction is to just download and install. Once you've done these procedures,, the malware will infecting your computer and your profile will become hijacked. If you want to update your Adobe Flash Player, please visit their official website or update your flash player manually through the control panel.

4. Say No to Fake (and Doubtful) Questionnaires

Once submitted, the scammer will get your personal details and receive a commission. Poor you will get charged.

5. Monitor Your Wall/Timeline for Malicious Rouge Applications

These applications can usually be found on users’ walls/timelines in the form of a link. Once the link is activated, you will be directed to give permission to access your account. One you choose to “allow” the rouge application, it will obtain your home address and cell phone number. The scammers will then send out SMS text messages to you and your friends and phone solicitors. 

Be cautious of identity theft as well.