Protect Yourself From Facebook Related Scams and Spams

On May 12, while I was designing the Thank you for birthday wishes post, Facebook released a note announcing 4 new security features of which I discuss 2 below.

The Facebook-WOT Partnership

Facebook has entered into a partnership with Web of Trust (WOT), one of the 6 Mozilla Firefox add-ons I recommend. Once installed on your browser, WOT will show a traffic-light rating symbols to show which websites you can trust when you search, shop and surf on the Web.

According to Facebook, the partnership with WOT will help improve their system by “providing additional bad links”. As such, if a link you are about to click is not trustworthy, you should be notified…

Click to see alert message

The WOT add-on can be installed free of charge on the following main web browsers, and it is a must-have add-on for your safety on the web.

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Safari
  • Opera
  • For any other web browser, there is a bookmarklet.

Get WOT here.


Self Cross-site scripting (XSS) Protection

Have you ever been asked to copy a link found in an email and to paste it in your web browser (if you can not click on it)? This is common when you subscribe to receive a website’s content delivered into your email. It is a serious web browser weakness if you cannot click on such a link.

Spammers take advantage of that weakness and make you to copy and paste a malicious code, which then causes the browser to take actions on your behalf. Such action includes posting status updates with fraudulent links and sending spam messages to all friends.

According to the post Facebook published, they sat they work to improve their systems that detect and block these types of attacks…


What Can You Do Now?

I think that it is good thing to regularly update security features on Facebook, where a breed of users practice the creation and implementation of malware applications. Among those applications is the well known Profile Spy, an application which lets you know who has viewed your Facebook profile, and when installed, sends out spam on your Facebook friends’ walls.

If you have read this far, I assume that you are interested by security on Facebook in particular and on other social networks in general. Now, you can either leave a comment,  suggestion or question below – I like to read your comments. You can also use one of the sharing options below to send this post to your friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, email or any other social network.



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