Facebook is a great place for connecting with old friends and keeping in touch with family, but it can also be dangerous to both users and their computers. Oversharing, poor security settings, and rampant viruses can cause more problems than you might think. Staying safe on Facebook requires a little thought and a whole lot of self-control.
Facebook played a part in an operation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that resulted in 10 arrests related to an international cyber-criminal network that was believed to have infected some 11 million computers and caused more than $850 million in total losses.
There are too many Facebook pages and other social media accounts owned by or connected to brands, too many people with administrator privileges, and too many applications granted permission to access those social media accounts. Those were the main concerns discussed by Social iQ Networks Co-Founder and CEO Devin Redmond during “Protect Your Brand Pages,” a panel at the AllFacebook Marketing Conference in New York Wednesday.
No matter how bored you may have become with Facebook’s blue color scheme, do not fall for messages and images that promise to turn your Facebook profile black, or other colors: A blue Facebook is still better than falling victim to a hijacked account or a survey scam.
We hate to break this to you, but no one is giving away free iPad Minis on Facebook. So if you receive a message on the social network promising you a free mini-tablet from Apple, it’s malware.
Your Facebook friend didn’t really call you a “piece of shit.” It’s actually malware.
The Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham announced a $250,000 grant from Facebook Monday, and the funding comes not from the company’s coffers, but from money that Facebook has recovered from spammers around the world. The donation is in recognition of the center’s role in tracking international criminals behind social media botnet Koobface, as well as other spammers.