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Facebookers Beware

The other day I received a Facebook wall post from someone I'm Facebook friends with but, never converse with. We are more of a notch on each others friends count, not an uncommon thing in social networks. The message referred me to a website (a blogger blog at that) that featured ring tones and that this person had been on it all day downloading free ring tones.

Okay, red flag(s).
Why would this person who I really don't talk to be posting this news on my wall?
Why would anyone spend all day downloading ring tones?
Do people still go nuts over downloading ring tones?
I deleted it from my wall and now I know that was a good idea.

Last week, computer security firm Sophos detailed an attack in which messages posted on the walls of Facebook pages urging Facebookers to view a video that claimed to be hosted on a Google website. But when the link was clicked, the victim was diverted to a website containing malware.

Social networks are a haven to hackers . Facebook alone has over 80 million users. There are users who have hundreds of friends. Only friends are allowed to post messages on your wall.

When a hacker gets into your friends list, they can post on the walls of everyone you know, which is what happened to me. The malicious code entered spread the same message to over 200 of my friend's Facebook friends. The same message was sent from the e-mail boxes of those 200 people to their friends, and so on, .

Facebook attempts to keep on these things with their advanced software. They will take extra steps on assisting affected users fix problems and will advise on how to remove the malware.

Facebook advises taking these precautions. Always follow these important safety tips when using Facebook:

  • Never share your password with anyone
  • Adjust your privacy settings to match your level of comfort, and review them often
  • Be cautious about posting and sharing personal information, especially information that could be used to identify you or locate you offline, such as your address or telephone number (how many phone number groups are there anyway?)
  • Report users and content that violate our Terms of Use
  • Block and report anyone that sends you unwanted or inappropriate communications

If something seems odd delete it before you have a problem. Don't give in to these malware terrorists.


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