Facebook Security Update: Keeping You Safe From Scams and Spam

Something that has been pretty big news in the world of social media and especially social networking is the sheer number of spam and scams that are hitting the Facebook. The people behind the spamming and scamming are generally trying to get some commission by making you click on something.

Quite often they will use something that’s in the news like last week we saw on numerous occasions malware circulating sporting a Photoshop image of Osama Bin Laden. On the other hand we have seen these clever crooks playing on your emotions of sorrow and compassion, which lead a lady to losing a large sum of money. Now we have learned that Facebook is taking action, there’s been a Facebook Security update titled “Keeping You Safe From Scams and Spam.”

Often people wonder how these exploitations of the security end up making their way onto the site and how do they work out the loopholes to make your profile spam all your friends? The post from the security team kicks things off by saying that Facebook is committed to bringing you a safe experience on the Internet and that they are announcing several new features in a bit to help protect all of us while we are online.

The first thing is a partnership with Web of Trust which is a free tool to aid you whilst you surf the web, it will inform you of which websites you can trust in accordance to the data supplied by the community members. If this is sounding good to you then use this link to have a look at their official website.

The next thing is to do with clickjacking, this is similar to the Osama Bin Laden malware where they show you one thing being the picture and the link but behind the link there’s more to it, effectively tricking you into clicking their links and spamming your friends. It looks like Facebook is trying to cut this out completely by building the defenses to detect the clickjacking on the Facebook Like button and block links to known clickjacking pages. Not only that but they are also going to ask you to confirm your ‘Like’ before posting it to everyone’s News Feeds. Remember you can use this link to remove any unwanted ‘Liked’ pages and it will help you with cleaning up those pesky posts as well.

The next thing that they are trying to block out is the type of malware where they talk you through copying and pasting a link into the browser which effectively can take you anywhere. Never paste something into your browser from any social networking site or email. We have an example of this seen in the “Find Out Who Visits Your Profile” scam that’s hitting people at the moment. The steps that Facebook security has taken are pretty impressive where Facebook will actually recognize that you have pasted any malicious coding and they are trying to educate their users by offering some account safety advice when it’s recognized.

The final thing mentioned by the Facebook security team is the Login Approvals and this is already available to all Facebook users so you might already know about it. For those who don’t there’s a two factor security system that has been put in place where if you try to login to Facebook from an unrecognized device then you need to enter a code that will be sent to your mobile by text. Critically if they see a login attempt from a device that hasn’t been saved already then you will be informed the next time you access the application. As advised by the Facebook team, if you see this happening… Change your password! We would urge you to share this information with friends, family and anyone else you have as we spread the education on what not to do on Facebook in our bid to try and make it a better place.

What do you think of the measures taken by the Facebook Security team? Do you see all this helping get rid of spam and scams or will they just find another way? Let us know your thoughts on it in the comments section below.