WARNING: Facebook Events Can Link To Viruses!

This morning, I was made admin of an event called “New Apple iPhone5 Testers” by someone I don’t know — but hey, I have 2,800 friends and 4,500 subscribers, so that doesn’t mean much.

I went to check out the event, and thought, “Hey a free iPhone 5? Awesome!”

I clicked the link, and was forwarded to another website, then my antivirus software popped up saying, “Threat Blocked!!!” And then I felt stupid.

So, if you see a tempting link on Facebook, think twice and make sure your antivirus is up to date!

Note that if a friend’s account is hacked, he or she might send you something like what I received, so whether you know the person or not is not a good criteria for whether or not you click on it. But if you don’t know the person, definitely don’t click on it!

Brian Carter is author of The Like Economy: How Businesses Make Money With Facebook.

Related Stories
Mediabistro Course

Blogging: Analytics, SEO, and Content

Blogging: Analytics, SEO, and ContentWork with the former marketing director at Conde Nast Digital to improve your search rankings, integrate social, and increase traffic to your blog! Starting November 5, Jim Hopkinson will teach you how to analyze KPIs, monetize your blog through ads, sponsorships, and affiliates, and leverage your blog toward a larger platform such as publishing, speaking, or consulting. Register now!