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How to Avoid and Remove Facebook Malware

If you utilize Facebook enough, then you have probably run across some form of Facebook Malware that may infect your computer with a virus, post spam on your wall or post spam on your friends’ walls. You know, those silly posts you may see on your friends Facebook feed saying:

“oh s**t, one more really freaky video O_O
IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn Exclusive Rape Video – Black lady under attack!

Yea, that is a totally bogus message and is basically a scam to get you to click on the LINK. Don’t do it or you may be sorry.

It is all extremely annoying and there is an easy way to keep it from happening again. Cnet, one of my favorite techie places to visit for tips and tutorials like this, did a video on avoiding and removing Facebook malware. Check it out below and be sure to post your experiences below in the comments area.

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The Top 5 Facebook Hacks, Attacks and Scams You Need to Know About

facebook-security-hacks-scams-attacksLately myself, along with upwards of over 500 million people, have used Facebook and spent a bit too much time on it attempting to tweak settings so we do not become the next victim of a new Facebook scam. Little did we know, all we had to do was know about the top 5 Facebook hacks, attacks and scams so we could avoid them.

Recently I have noticed that it seems to be an abundance of scam links on Facebook not only from bogus accounts, but from my very own Facebook friends. In looking into some of these scams I have found out that the majority of them are composed of some type of enticing link or one that appears to offer a video of a woman in a bikini. Sure, I don’t mind perusing a nice looking female specimen every once in a while but not at the expense of sharing the same link with every friend I have on Facebook and compromising my personal information. Unfortunately, that is exactly what is happening in one of my top 5 Facebook hacks, attacks and scams that you need to know about.

Facebook is a great place and the only social network that connects so many people from around the world. Facebook over the course of 2 years has done wonders in improving privacy and basically giving the user more settings than the space shuttle. Every Facebook user must, however, learn about some of the most common scams and attacks usually rendered by hackers over the internet. These attacks can range from a simple link to a rogue Facebook application designed to steal personal data.

Here are the Top 5 Facebook Hacks, Attacks and Scams You Need to Know About

#1 Clickjacking: This is a process that has become very popular on Facebook where an enticing, eye-catching, too-good to be true link is posted on someone’s profile asking that you copy and paste it to your web browser or click on it to view. After doing so, the user’s Facebook wall is then populated with the same link which essentially spreads it to all of their Friends luring them to click on the same link. Ultimately, clickjacking could allow a hacker to gain access to a user’s Facebook account.

#2 Fake Questionnaires or Polls: Facebook has recently implemented a polling system that allows users to post a poll full of questions that they choose and share it with their friends. Unfortunatly there has been an onslaught of fake polls and questionnaires circulating Facebook. These fake polls sometimes redirect users to pages outside of Facebook were they can act as a Phishing site designed to steal personal information. Furthermore, these fake polls could lead to malware laden sites that offer quizzes and online games that could prove to be harmful to a PC.

#3 Fake Friend requests: Let’s face it; some people on Facebook do not have much of a life outside of their computer screen. For those who fall into this virtual trap, hackers are seeking them out by sending friend requests for the purpose of extracting data from the Facebook user. If a Facebook user’s privacy settings are set to block non-friends, then by requesting to be a friend will bypass that feature provided the user on the other end accepts the friend request. It is best to only accept friend requests from people that you actually know instead of a stranger.

#4 Fake Facebook Pages Spam: There is an abundance of fake page profiles setup on Facebook that are usually headlined with some type of feature that is not offered by Facebook such as a ‘Dislike button’ feature. These fake pages are usually created by hackers who look to steal personal information from users after they either LIKE the page or choose to ‘attend’ a page’s newly created event. .

#5 Rogue Applications: Fake Facebook apps have been a growing problem since the conception of apps on Facebook. It is already bad enough that Facebook apps have access to obtain personal information from your Facebook profile. Rogue apps takes it a step further by potentially posting bogus links to your wall or even reposting something personal about you. Anytime that a user chooses to use a Facebook app, they have to click Allow when the app requests initial permission to access information about you thus opening it up to pilfer your personal data.

What do you do to avoid Facebook attacks, scam and hacks? Will you continue to use Facebook in knowing that so much ‘bad stuff’ can happen?

The video below on how Facebook beefed up security in response to all of the daily scams circulating the largest social network in the world.

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Get a Free Apple iPad, iPhone 4, $5000 Gift Card Through Facebook… Not Really!

Have you seen those offers on Facebook that offers a free Apple iPad and you tried to sign up for the offer after becoming a FAN (LIKE) the offer? I bet you are still waiting on the free iPad to arrive in the mail aren’t you? Or maybe you are like some other people that I know and you got fed-up with the numerous surveys that you had to complete before filling out your info to ‘claim’ your free iPad.

Well, you may have already guessed it by now but all of those offers are scams! Graham Cluley has an interesting video demonstrating what exactly is happening with these scams found on Facebook which I have posted below for your enjoyment and education on these scams. It is not only the free iPad offer but other ones such as a free iPhone 4 or even a chance to win $5000. They are all scams and an easy way for scammers to get your personal information or send you annoying promotions through email as spam or through regular snail mail.

The not-so funny thing about this is some researchers believe hackers will use these enticing scams to spread malware eventually. Facebook staff really cannot keep up with the number of scams that are currently circulating over the social network that now has over 500 million users. It is completely up to you to use caution with these scams. If it is too good to be true, then it usually is especially on Facebook. Even if a friend supposedly sent you the link/offer, it is possible that they too LIKED the offer and it has sent out an invite to all of their friends.

Have you ever found a legitimate online survey and actually received the prize that you claimed online? If so, please tell me so I can get in on the deal too!

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New Facebook Scams Uncovered as Facebook Reaches Over 500 Million Users

Facebook has now reached over 500 million users followed by a blog post by CEO Mark Zuckerberg writing, “I could have never imagined all of the ways people would use Facebook when we were getting started 6 years ago. I want to thank you for being part of making Facebook what it is today and for spreading it around the world.”

facebook-scam-bugJust after we witnessed this monumental accomplishment of 500 million plus users on Facebook, it was discovered that Facebook now has a slew of new scams with messages that say, “OMG!! Guys, you have to see this: This mother went to jail for taking this pic of her son,” and “OMG!! McDonalds might soon shut down because of this, you have to see this.” Each of these deceiving Facebook update messages are bogus and followed by a link that redirects you to a page for tricking you into sharing the story with another Facebook friend.

The scam does not seem as malicious as you may think but it does have you take an online survey and asks for personal information. Even though the message is not true, one that reads “OMG!! McDonalds might soon shut down because of this, you have to see this” would spread like wild fire on Facebook especially since you have over 500 million users. It is nothing more than an attention-getting and probably a test to see if a hacker could implement a malicious scam to spread malware in the future.

View the video below from the security guy Graham Cluley on the matter:

This is not the first time that Facebook has been hit with a wave of misleading messages that forces others to share them and LIKE them. Another incident that happened just over a week ago was one that displayed the message “I am part of the 98.0% of people that are NEVER gonna drink Coca Cola again after this HORRIFIC video”. This one was actually accompanied with a link to a video that if you wanted to watch you must complete a survey which then leads you to relinquish personal information. I already stopped drinking coke for my own health reasons. Maybe it is time the hackers that are creating these messages post up something that is true for a change.

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