The false promise of being able to see who viewed users’ Facebook profiles is once again being used as bait on a phishing trip, as security firm Symantec reported in a blog post that this particular scam was designed to loosely resemble Facebook’s login page, but unsuspecting Web surfers will fall victim to the Infostealer strain of malware.
Spam has been an issue for as long as email has existed, and a new report by social media security and compliance company Nexgate sheds light on just how prominent spam has become within Facebook and other social networks, saying that social spam exploded by 355 percent during the first half of 2013, and sharing some particularly alarming statistics regarding Facebook.
Facebook page administrators, beware: There is no such thing as a “Fan Page Verification Program,” and following the instructions in the messages that claim to originate from Facebook Security will lead to login details being compromised as part of a phishing scheme.
It has been well-documented that Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates will lend his time and money to worthy causes, but sharing a photo of Gates does not constitute a worthy cause, and doing so will not bring $5,000 to Facebook users.
You must be at least 13 years old to join Facebook, but many kids bypass that rule, often with help from their parents. That may not be the best idea, according to blog Babysitting Jobs, which offered 10 reasons why parents should not let their preteen offspring have accounts on the social network.
The list of hoaxes is never complete, as Hoax-Slayer uncovered a phishing scheme that uses Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg as bait, but butchers the spelling of his last name as Zurckerberg.
A relatively harmless fake email disguised as an email from Facebook Support provided a primer on signs to look for in identifying emails of the annoying variety, like this one, as well as more serious ones that lead to malware, phishing, or other cyber-security issues.
As scams, malware, phishing, and other security dangers continue to thrive on Facebook, one way for users to protect themselves is actually quite simple: Examine the URLs of the pages you are taken to. After all, the name of the social network is “Facebook,” not “Faceboourk.”