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

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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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