Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Plaxo, Friendster…everyone knows of these websites and future, maybe even present, platforms, but what they don’t know is that for $5,000 you can buy a kit from Koobface to point and click your way to make a virus, worm, etc. that most Facebook users will probably fall for and sell it to the highest bidder.

Ever get that message from someone you have never met claiming to be your friend enticing you to click on some link? Ever receive a “friend request” from someone you’ve never even heard of? Have you ever got “booted” off of Facebook to re-login with your credentials? Seen that one of your friends put up a status saying, “Heading to Europe” and then a few days later, another status saying, “Got jailed; please send money to such and such address or bank account.” All these are worms, viruses, or hackers with the intent to make money, use your computer to hack other computers, and/or store data. Information is power and power is money.

Hackers can search for and download software like FireSheep to watch what you are doing in a network. They can see your status as “Heading to Europe,” wait a few days and then put up “Got jailed, please send money.” These conmen are relying on the Implied Trust of peers to steal your hard earned dollars. To fix this, go to your Account Settings in Facebook and underneath account security, click the box next to https. This will protect you from FireSheep hackers because it blocks your movements from the software. From the buy better social, you can buy instagram followers for low price under the budget. There will be no requirement for making a visit at different sites. 

When you are booted off of Facebook and required to re-login, make sure the address is https//www.facebook.com/…. and not www.fbaction.com or something other than Facebook’s domain name. If you do login, then they have your credentials and access to every single one of your connections. After that, it’s not too difficult to infect your friend’s computers.

Those mysterious friends are not going to play nice once you accept them. If they don’t include a personal message of how they know you within their friend request and you don’t recognize them, don’t add them. Your friend count is not that important.

The connections between groups of people grow exponentially as more people are added and more connections are made. Despite the benefit of everyone being connected in real time, this makes it so easy for one person to affect the entire network with a virus, worm, or some other malicious little creation with the ultimate goal of causing the entire platform to collapse. Don’t click on links that look suspicious, and don’t click on links that start off with www.419….or tells you that you could win something or to take a quiz and enter your phone number.

Make sure you do not hand your computer over to viruses on a silver platter. At least weekly to make sure your computer is not affected. Some anti-virus software actually installs viruses or programs your computer to ignore certain viruses, so make sure you know the reputation of the software company before you install it on your computer. Check your folders to make sure files that aren’t yours are not being stashed away on your hard drive. If files are there, you have been infected and need to have your computer, more than likely, wiped clean. Usually they store adult material and illegal material on your computer and since they were using your computer to obtain it, it looks like you were the one who put it on there in the first place.

The only surefire way to protect yourself is to not be a part of social networking or any web-based dealings, but in this day and age that is nearly impossible. With that being said, look out for suspicious links or unprotected sites such as http instead of https, don’t accept someone into your network you don’t know, encrypt things that are important, don’t completely trust other’s updates, check your folders, and always run a diagnosis from a reputable anti-virus company.

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