How to Stay Safe from Scams and Malware on Facebook

FacebookAt last count, Facebook has clocked up over 2.7 billion users, which makes the platform more attractive than ever for scammers and hackers. While you may be logging in to share your latest family photos or catch up with friends, the chances of accidentally triggering a scam or malware are increasing daily. Here’s how to stay safe on Facebook and stop the spread.

Look out for freebies and surveys on Facebook

Everybody loves a freebie and for the most part the competition posts on Facebook are legitimate. On the flip side though, when you see a giveaway for vouchers from a mega-store, alarm bells should ring. ‘Do this quick survey and we’ll send you a $50 Amazon Voucher!’ – it’s too good to be true. Even one click can take you on a messy journey through the underbelly of the web, picking up trackers and malware at every stop and at the end, you’re asked to share the post so your friends can get a voucher too…except nobody ever gets the reward.

Check your permissions with games and quizzes

Whenever you access a new game or quiz, you’ll need to give permissions for it to access your Facebook profile. Most people click the okay button without any thought, but if you review the permissions you’re giving, you’ll often find they’re asking for a massive amount of personal data; public profile, friend list, email address, birthday and newsfeed. Do they really need ALL this information? Sometimes the shakedown is from necessity, but sometimes the apps are preparing to launch attacks against you both on and off Facebook. For example, when you call your bank they ask certain questions like your full name, birthday and maybe which high school you went to. All that information is in your Facebook profile and now shared with your permission.

Don’t friend people you don’t know

Having lots of friends is always nice, but that friend accept could end up costing you. It might be someone pretending to know you, or a picture of a pretty girl to entice men (and vice versa). Once you friend them, they get access to everything your friends can see. In this case, it’s more than the risk of someone knowing your personal data, you’ve just given them intimate access to your life. It’s exactly how romance scams start, and there are even cases where the victim finds photos of their children circulating the internet.

If it’s weird, forget it

It doesn’t happen very often, but hackers find ways to take advantage of flaws in Facebook. A common hack that keeps popping up in various forms is to embed malware in a link. The virus then infects your machine and contacts all your friends with an enticing message, like asking whether a picture is of them. When they click to view the picture, the virus catches them and their friend list, and so on. Facebook is pretty good at staying on top of these flaws, but they need time to fix it. Just like if you got a weird email with an attachment from a friend, use that same level of scrutiny in your Facebook and don’t open messages or links that seem out of place.

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Here are some troubleshooting tips for your PC

I hope that with these tips, you’ll be able to save hours of stress when your computer has problems.
Here are some tips which you can learn in the meantime.
*Cannot save a file onto your hard disk*
Check your hard disk to see if it still has space available. Delete some files if possible.
Run a virus scan on your computer and make sure that there are no viruses present.
Reinstall the application you are using and see if it solves the problem.
*Monitor does not display anything*
Check the obvious — Monitor’s LED light is on, power is plugged in and cable is connected to both the monitor and PC.
When you turn on your PC, check to see if there are any strange beeping noises. If so, there could be a problem with your graphics card. You will need to replace the graphics card in this case.
To see which is the graphics card (VGA card) inside your PC, look at which card the monitor cable is connected to.
*Keyboard/mouse doesn’t work*
If it’s a wireless keyboard/mouse, check to see if the batteries need replacing. If it’s not a wireless keyboard/mouse, check to see if the cable is plugged in properly.
It may be that the USB port which you plug your keyboard/mouse cable to is faulty. Try another USB port if you have one. If there are no USB ports available, buy a USB hub which will allow you increase the number of USB ports. Plug your keyboard/mouse cable here.
If the device doesn’t work, you will need to replace it.
*Mouse cursor is hard to control*
This normally happens with a mouse that has no infrared. It’s because the inside of the mouse is dirty due to long usage.
Remove the ball from the mouse and clean it. Use a pin and scrape off the dirt from the rollers inside the mouse.
That’s it for the tips.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the tips I posted. I realize how frustrating and how expensive it’ll cost when your computer at home dies on you. So I’ve hope I’ve done my part in helping you.
Best Regards,
Joe Brochin
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