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Have you protected yourself from recent Facebook scams?

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This week has seen a variety of Facebook scams hit our web browsers, and hackers are now using current affairs to exploit your computers and personal details

Firstly, there was the obvious Osama Bin Laden exploitations. The web was inundated with malware scams and they were appearing quicker than they were being taken down. The latest attempts to scam Facebook users were the promises of showing us pictures of Bin Laden’s dead corpse. There were multiple versions of this scam including one that asks users to copy and paste a line of code into the browser address bar!!! We strongly encourage you to report such an outrageous request as spam to the site webmasters.

Be Aware Of Facebook Scams

More popular this week was the “Everyone do check what she did on cam” scam which has been spreading quicker than any Bin Laden trick, affecting millions of users worldwide. The posting redirects users to a Facebook installation page and uses it to propagate itself to your friends. If you’ve installed this “application” check out your privacy settings and remove the damn thing.

Finally, just to remind us about the classic Facebook scam – “did you know that you can find out who’s been visiting your Facebook profile? “. There are too many of these to mention, but it appears that everyone wants to know who’s been looking at our profiles and sniffing around our personal information and pictures. This scam has been around for what seems like an eternity and fooling a vast amount of people into clicking on something that exposes our personal information (or worse).

Whether it’s a world crisis, major sporting event, or even the latest rumoured Mother’s day scams, please be mindful of what you are clicking on with the popular social networking site.

Tips For Keeping The Scammers Away

Without stating the obvious, it’s always good to remind ourselves.

  • Make sure that you update your browser and operating system for the latest bug fixes
  • Run a reputable anti-virus program that regularly scans your computer for viruses, spam and any malware
  • Think before accepting a request for anything
  • Never send your personal information to a stranger
  • Never install software from untrustworthy sources without researching first

…and remember, if it looks dodgy (or too good to be true) it probably is !

About Adrian Britton

Sometimes I will talk about things that are interesting, and sometimes I won’t. Sometimes it will be a bit of a laugh, and sometimes it will just be a downright rant about something going on in the world – I’m often accused at moaning a lot, and I consider myself quite good at it !!

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