We have all heard the news that Facebook is going public on Friday with one of the most anticipated IPO’s (Initial Public Offering) in history. Mark Zuckerberg is expanding his social media empire that has become a seemingly irreplaceable part of the online experience, with its more than 900 million users. The unfortunate things is that being a part of this incredible online experience is that users are exposed to a number of cyber crimes that riddle the site. Internet security analysts warn that Facebook is a hotbed for online crime. According to an inforgraphic published earlier this year by Zone Alarm, a leading Internet security software provider, roughly 4 million Facebook users experience spam on a daily basis, 20% of Facebook users have been exposed to malware,” and Facebook receives 600,000 reports of hijacked log-ins every day. Don’t become victim of one of these cyber crimes and beware of the possible schemes so you don’t get trapped in the net.

  • Hacking Accounts: This is when hackers will try and figure out username and passwords by using a password dictionary. Once hacked, your account will be used as a platform to deliver spam to others.
  • Commandeering Accounts: Scammers will hack a person’s account and use their “friends” list as a way of commandeering more information from them because they are a “trusted” source.
  • Profile Cloning: The act of using unprotected images and information to create a Facebook account with the same name and details of an existing user. Hackers will then contact users and try and obtain sensitive info as a trusted source.
  • Cross-Platform Profile Cloning: This form or crime obtains information and images from Facebook and uses them to create false profiles on another social-networking site or vice-versa. This kind of fraud may also take longer to notice and remedy.
  • Phishing: Phishing on Facebook involves a hacker posing as a respected individual or organization and asking for personal data, usually via a wall post or direct message.
  • Fake Facebook: The scammer’s direct users via some sort of clickable enticement, to a spurious Facebook log-in page designed to look like the real thing. When the username and passwords are entered, they are stored in a database.
  • Mining Unprotected Information: Security experts and hackers all know that many Facebook users leave personal information like email address, phone number, addresses, birth dates, etc. out in the open. Hackers use this kind of information to try and test your passwords and usernames, etc. to hack into your account.
  • Spam: This involves the process of “click jacking”. It involves the hacking of a personal account after a user has clicked on a link used in an advertisement for a viral video or article.

Earlier this year, the social media giant began working with the U.S. Attorney General’s office to try to combat linkjacking, a new form of account hacking and spam that is more or less unique to Facebook. To learn more about the latest news update in Internet Security visit us at Connect Your Home or call (888)566-3979.