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Facebook Computer Virus Infections Warning
What is a Computer Virus?
A Virus is a type of Malware. Malware is a type of software designed to take over or damage a computer, without the user’s knowledge or approval. There are numerous different types of Viruses that can infect your computer.
Viruses can take over your computer in a variety of ways. In today's article we are specifically discussing Facebook Viruses.
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How Does My Computer Become Infected?
In order for a computer to be infected, the sender of the virus needs you to install the virus (or allow them access to install such).
Most commonly, the sender needs you to click on a link or open a file. Once the link has been clicked or the file has been open, the virus is installed onto your computer.
Facebook Virus 1: Email Tricks
One of the most popular methods that scammers are using to get you to click a virus link is by sending you an email that appears to be from Facebook. The email looks just like a "real" email you would get and says "You have received a New Comment" or "You have been tagged in a photo", then provides the link for you to click to view the comment / photo; however the link is not to Facebook at all, it is actually the virus.
SOLUTION: Do you genuinely need Facebook emails telling you updates? I direct all of my Facebook emails to an account I do not use. That way, in the event that I need to access a record, I still have it, however I run no risk of having to worry about clicking on viruses.
Facebook Virus 2: KoobFace
Koobface ultimately attempts, upon successful infection, to gather login information for websites, Facebook, and other social media platforms, but not any sensitive financial data. Koobface first surfaced in 2008 and is still active. Koobface viruses are sent in ways similar to the emails but instead of directly emailing you, the culprit creates a "fake" facebook account then sends you a "Friend Request". After you accept the request, they will then send you a DM (Direct Message) that will encourage you to click a link, such as -
"OMG! You look so awesome in this video!" or "I LOVE this pic of you!"
As soon as you click the link, you have been infected.
Bottom line: Do NOT click links from people you do not know.
Facebook Virus Trick 3: Photo Tagging
Have you received a message "(User Name) tagged you in a photo!" - if it is someone you do not know, DO NOT click on the link. Why would "John Doe" be tagging you in a photo?
INSTEAD of clicking a link to view the photo; go to John Does Facebook page and scroll down to view the image through Facebook. You will likely see the image is "spam". Simply leave it alone or "untag yourself".
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Facebook Virus Trick 4: App Hacking
Do you love downloading apps for your phone or tablet? BE VERY CAREFUL of which apps you download - even if you see lots of advertisements for them. Once an app is downloaded you may be asked to "log in using Facebook" - you have now granted the app access to your account. You may not even notice little "terms" that say things like "Allow this app to post on your behalf" or "allow app to access your phone", etc.
SOLUTION: Do not log in using Facebook OR using a common password. Consider setting up a "junk email" or a separate / new password to use for all NON IMPORTANT game accounts / apps. DO NOT use this password for online banking apps or other IMPORTANT apps.