Security Breach beyond Emails now on Facebook

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The security attacks are common on internet and its an everyday threat. To protect from such attacks,consumers buy various ‘Virus Protection softwares’ to protect viruses / malwares landing on our computer. Since more and more people are using social networking sites the attackers are now invading those sites too. The attacks are centered around the concept of friending and sharing on social media networks.

For example, on Facebook, the attackers would send innocuous friends requests.  As Facebook is becoming so much popular that your friends from distant past, some business acquaintances, someone you just met in a conference, all those send you Friends request, you tend to accept the request without any due diligence. Of course, once you accept the friendship, you are opening a door for the attacker. The attacker can write on your page a message with some offer that has a link . This link can download a malware which can attack the computer of the attacker, steal passwords or contacts and start spamming. Or this can be an offer enticing the visitors to fill up information for a promise of a gift. The gift would not come, but the person may lose his privacy or worst if he enters any bank details, may lose money. There is another attack which many fears worst that is hijacking of the Facebook profile itself. Once you lose the access to your page, the imposter may use it to befriend with your friends and may steal more details about you or your friends.

Anyway, Facebook has started working on tagging such sites and may improve it’s security.

Some Tips from Facebook Security are:

  • Don’t click on links or open attachments in suspicious emails.
  • Remember that you choose what you share and with whom you share it.
  • Verify friends’ request to make sure that you are not friending with unknown.
  • Be suspicious of any email or message that contains an urgent request or asks you to update your information or provide new information.
  • Be suspicious of emails or messages that contain misspellings or use bad grammar, especially if they’re from someone who is usually a good writer.
  • Make sure you have an up-to-date web browser equipped with an anti-phishing blacklist.
  • Make sure you have up-to-date comprehensive security software on your computer that includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing, and a firewall.
  • Make sure you’ve listed a security question and answer for your online accounts.
  • Be wary of where you enter your password.
  • Don’t share your passwords with anyone.
  • Use different passwords for your various online accounts.
  • Use a complex password that can’t be easily guessed.
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