Facebook Spam and Viruses

With the rapid growth of Facebook, it's no wonder that hackers and scam artists have found ways to take advantage of the public using Facebook.  To counter this, agents using facebook to grow their business should read up and follow some simple tips offered by Facebook Security :

  • 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 as well. 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 login information 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.

  • Be wary of unusual stories. If a friend or someone else contacts you claiming to be stranded somewhere and in need of money, verify this through other means, such as by talking to the person over the phone.
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