Wednesday, 23 October 2013

How to Avoid Facebook Scams?


Online social networks have completely changed the face of web. In this list, Facebook is stepping ahead with thousands of users. Facebook lets you interact with your friends as well as share photos, links, etc. Furthermore, this platform has allowed application developers to create small programs called apps. 

Facebook Scams


Facebook community has millions of people which become a built-in audience for these apps. Thus, Facebook is the fast and effective medium of promotion for these apps. Some developers are creating apps for advertising but others are taking advantage of the popularity of Facebook. They create malicious programs or run scams to fool users.

Facebook apps have hundreds of categories including quizzes, games and tools. But, these apps direct you to install a few lines of code to your Facebook profile. Basically, Facebook has two principles: Users should have total control over their personal information as well as they should access the information other users wish to share. While filling Facebook profile, you can include information as per your choice.
Nowadays, there are apps which require accessing some of your personal information. It means developers can access your personal information easily. Before incorporating any app to your profile, do proper research about it. 

Warning signs:

1.If any app is asking for your password or credit card information then there is something fishy. 
2.If an app is directing you to a new page then look at the domain name of the page. In case, you found it suspicious, you should not enter your password.
3.Popup messages which allow you to download or install any other application are also risky. Installing these may infect your computer with a virus.
4.If you get any message from your friend to visit any link then do check it twice before clicking. It is possible that your friend account got hacked and someone else is sending you the messages.
How scammers trick people:
•Suggesting the victim that he/she can be seen in a funny way at a certain website is actually leads victim to download malware.
•Offer lucrative schemes.
•Tempting you to share credit card number.

What you can do?

If your password has revealed then post a message to your friends for informing them about the issue. Also, change your password immediately and make it strong this time. Don’t use same passwords for multiple accounts or services. Also, you can report about the scam to Facebook through the help center. 
If you are a victim of identity theft then you should file a police report, contact your bank and alert the fraud departments of the major credit bureaus. Furthermore, you can report financial scams or identity theft to other agencies. It includes:
•Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
•Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
•Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
Facebook is the most important tool to stay in touch with your friends. Therefore, use it safely and securely. For more from the XpertCrewTM team, please follow us on Twitter @Techvedic or contact Techvedic’s computer support helpdesk, as per below contact-details: 
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