Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Facebook and Twitter - Beware

This is a serious warming, guaranteed no jokes in here!

If you or any family member use any of Bebo, Facebook, Friendster, hi5, MySpace or Twitter your computer is at acute risk.
The Koobface virus is on the loose!
In the meantime there are several variants of this nasty critter around and some of these are outright difficult to remove. If you want to do your part to keep your computer clean then please be extremely wary of or avoid altogether:
  • Links sent from friends you don’t communicate often with
  • Broken/bad English in the messages
  • Outright grammar and/or spelling errors
  • Exciting messages (see this hilarious video!)
  • Email hackers and password thieves  (change your Facebook password to be different from your email password)
  • Short web link instead of a fully spelled out link
  • Wall posts from others that don’t seem normal or appear strange in any way
  • New Friends requests from people you don’t know in person
  • “Gifts” of Farmville money or the like
    If you ask “What is Farmville” I say “Good for you that you don’t know; don’t even think about going there!”
  • And new, developing tricks and lies to come. . .

This list is by no means complete, it is solely meant to give you ideas on what to be wary of.

If you want to read more about risks and dangers on Facebook please take the time to read this article from Cnet (opens a new window or tab, depending on your browser settings).

Naturally the best precaution is as always to stay completely away from social networking sites. Did you know that pickpockets operate in crowds, but hardly ever where there are only a few people?

As usual I welcome comments and suggestions right here in the blog. Thank you in advance.

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