If you use Facebook you’ve probably heard of Timeline, a “new” feature that replaces the “traditional” profile page. However, you may be confused by Timeline–I know I am–and confusion could make you the target of a growing number of Timeline-related scams. As of January 3rd, the watchful folks at Inside Facebook were reporting 16 Timeline-related
…there’s an uptick today in rogue “Eat for Free at Cheesecake Factory!” wall posts…it’s a survey scam with no payoff. Well, not for you. The scammers seem to be doing quite nicely out of it.
We recently noted that the data broker industry, in conjunction with social media outlets will become increasingly relied upon as a kind of shadow credit score for judging candidates’ qualifications. Now we see a startup that uses your Facebook profile directly to determine a “credit score” used for microloans. We hear horror stories of lost
This article was written in collaboration with my colleague Jean-Ian Boutin. The Wigon botnet (also known as Cutwail) is being used in a massive spam campaign. A multitude of ruses are used to get the user to click on a link: fake LinkedIn or Facebook notifications, free Windows licenses, fake deliveries etc. The links are
The FTC has just announced its eight-count deception charge against Facebook has been settled, with the world's largest social network submitting to a wide array of remedies that include 20 years of privacy auditing and strict controls on how the company deals with your personal data in the future. In this post I will explain
Since yesterday’s Much Ado About Facebook post in the ESET Threat Blog, we have written additional articles, received a few comments, and also received updated information on the “threat,” so it seems that now is a good time for a follow-up article. Reports continue to come in of pornographic and violent imagery on Facebook, and
Scumbags posts links on Facebook that can lead to malware infected websites, phishing forms, identity theft, financial losses, or worse. One hopes that all Facebook users have been warned about this by now, but how many have seen what these scams look like in action? When security experts advise "Do not click" with respect to
The Reuters news agency reported earlier today a sudden increase in violent and pornographic images and videos on Facebook. A quick review of my personal account and a check-in with my other Facebook-wielding colleagues revealed a couple of nothing more than a couple of suggestive pictures, complete with snarky comments embedded in them, from the
[Update: For more articles about Facebook security click here. To help you protect yourself on Facebook and Twitter, ESET provides a free social media scanner.] One of my Facebook friends drew my attention today to a fast-spreading link. I’m pleased to say that he knew better than to look at it, but I figured it was
Creating a fake Facebook account has always been a violation of Facebook’s terms and conditions so, on the face of it, researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) have just racked up a bunch of violations. How? As reported by TechCrunch and PC World, they created a network of about 100 bots that acted
ESET’s Threat Reports for September and October include some quality articles on Facebook, safety online, and backup strategy.
I just looked in my junk box to find an “Amazing” sale on pirated software, but I have to act fast, as it’s only good until Halloween. My colleague Stephen Cobb points out the rate of effectiveness of scams would soar if the Nigerian scammers could afford a proof reader who spoke fluent English. David
Facebook has recently updated their security settings. In this How-to we highlight some of the updates and the security nuances to help you stay on top of your account security settings. Paul Laudanski blogged about the subject awhile back, if you want to reference that security primer. When you login to your account, you may