"OMG Click here to watch this video"
Have you been a victim of link scams, spam or virus messaging? I’ve been seeing a lot of it on Facebook lately. I think I saw, “OMG Click here to watch this video, you can’t miss it,” and “This is sick! See who viewed your Facebook profile,” like four times in the past month.
Most of the spam I see is a virus link on Facebook that plugs you in a tag or posted something on your wall. These wall attacks almost always try to lead you to agree to install an application that requires a user to authorize the ability to post to walls and friend pages. That’s why you get these messages from your friends – they fell victim of the message first.
It happens to all of us. Even professionals. I read online recently, a Mashable.com reporter fell victim to a Facebook scam purporting to be part of a Southwest Airlines promotion.
Truth is, spam is one of life’s inevitabilities. With over 350 million users, Facebook has become nearly the number one jackpot for spammers.
If your account has been taken over and used to send spam, you should do this immediately:
Reset your Facebook password. If you can’t reset your password because the email address you use to log in has changed, or if your account has been disabled, visit Facebook’s help page.
Run a virus scan. Make sure you have up-to-date security software on your computer. If you don’t do this, and your computer is infected, your account may be taken over again.
How to avoid falling victim:
• If it looks suspicious, don’t click on it.
• Look for popular scams and waves of attacks. I read Mashable.com daily – it’s a great resource for anything web-related.
• Beware of links that accompany text on your wall from people who don’t normally post links.
• Pay attention to what apps you authorize to post to your wall.
• Investigate or research any application before you install it.
• Delete any messages posted on you wall that look suspicious.
How do you combat spam on your profile or fan page? Join the conversation!
Trish Skram is a communications professional who works at Mercy Health System in Janesville and writes about Janesville's professional community. Trish is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. Her opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.