Facebook is one of the largest platforms for social interactions. As such, it gives hackers endless opportunities to scam you and try to steal your private information. Malware attacks are the biggest Facebook security threat. Social engineering has evolved significantly in the last few years. Attackers have been testing different methods and cyber criminals are adapting their experiences into new, highly developed techniques. They operate different variations of Facebook spam. These are mostly just annoying, but there are also some malicious attacks that can take over your profile, hijack your computer, compromise your private data and even steal your money.
We’ve rounded up the most significant Facebook spam issues and malware techniques so that you can identify and avoid them.
The Top 5 Facebook Spam Scams:
1. Spam offering new Facebook features
You’ve probably come across some kind of advertising for new, never-seen-before Facebook features. The most common features are Facebook color change, the dislike button and the ability to see who viewed your profile. None of these features are real: they’re all scams. These types of spam usually hijack your private information. Don’t let them fool you – always be suspicious when a new feature pops up.
2. Celebrity Porn spam
It is easy to recognize this spam. However, so many people let temptation and curiosity get the better of their common sense. These scams usually feature a porn-like photo or video with a clickbait description and a link, usually with a shortened URL. If you click on the link, your account will likely be hijacked and start to spread similar spam.
3. “Shocking” video spam
These scams also take advantage of our curiosity. When you see a “Shocking” or “Not Safe For Work” video, don’t click on it! These scams redirect you to fake survey pages to gather your information and get into your computer. Some of these posts also contain videos with malware rootkits. Always check the source of such posts. If it’s even a little suspicious, avoid clicking on it.
4. “Money-making” opportunity spam
We’ve all seen creepy-looking posts and comments about making thousands of dollars a week working from home. These posts often contain low-quality photos with weird text and translations. This is certainly not the way to make money. These posts redirect you to fake websites with surveys asking for money or your private information.
5. Friend request spam
Friend requests on Facebook aren’t unusual – after all, it’s the world’s largest social networking site. However, some requests aren’t as friendly as they seem. Spammers often create attractive profiles to encourage you to confirm their request. After you accept the request, they start sending you posts, comments or private messages about an opportunity for making money. Beware – they are thieves. Don’t believe what they tell or offer you.
Malicious Videos in Private Messages
One kind of Facebook scam involves private messages from your friends that contain videos. If you try to watch the video, you are redirected to a page with instructions to download a common program or an update for your computer. However, the only thing you’ll actually be downloading is malware. This can take over your Facebook profile or steal your private information.
Be aware of the Facebook Phishing Attacks
Facebook phishing scams are usually websites similar to Facebook that ask for your login information. If you enter your details, they will take over your profile. You can even lose access to your account. Shortened URLs are one typical warning sign. Always be careful and check the URL before entering your login data anywhere.
Keep your eye on Fake Accounts
These type of scams are usually aggressive phishing attacks involving you and your friends. Hackers create fake profiles containing your data and pictures, or completely duplicate your Facebook profile and send messages to your friends about claiming a prize or some other trick. If they reply with their private information, identity theft is likely to follow.
Tips to Increase the Security of your Facebook Profile
Most Facebook security threats and spam can be avoided by being aware of the scamming methods mentioned above. It is also wise to implement security actions to keep your Facebook profile, in order to keep it safe and secure. We’ve collected the most important Facebook security tips you can easily implement for increased security.
1. Use a strong password
Nowadays it can be hard to manage all of your social media account passwords. We strongly recommend using a password manager such as LastPass, which can generate and automatically store new, strong passwords.
2. Enable two factor authentication
Two factor authentication is a simple but effective technique to keep your account safe. It involves a second security check when you log in to your Facebook account, such as a text message you receive that contains a code you must enter in order to log in.
The information these documents contain is important. It will allow you to understand how security and privacy work. Relevant information about your security is not something to ignore.
Be Aware of your Own Security
Facebook is the largest social platform in the world. As such, despite its efforts to keep your data secure, it is awash with criminals trying to steal your data. Always use secure connection. In addition, consider setting up a VPN service to keep your online activities private. Be vigilant and monitor your profile carefully, as well as taking the actions outlined above to keep yourself safe from hackers.