How to Protect Yourself from Growing Facebook Spam

Spam on social media websites is on the rise. In the first half of 2013 alone, social media spamming is up over 350%. Spam is found on Facebook and YouTube more than any other social media sites. It will not only be a nuisance to you and your friends; it could also contain facebook_spamphishing software that could be dangerous to your personal information as well as your company’s.

Experts say that this is just the unfortunate evolution of spam over the years. Spam first began through telephones then made its way to email, text messages, and now social media was the next obvious step.  Spamming commonly occurs when a profile is compromised and messages are posted to all of its friend’s walls. Here are just a few basic tips to watch out for in regards to Facebook Spam.

  • Look out for Links sent to your wall from people who don’t normally send you links. Many times these links are obvious spam such as “WOW, I saw you in this video and you look great!” However, some spam may be harder to spot as it might copy an advertisement or company that really exists.
  • Read into what you are allowing apps to post to your wall before installing them.  The applications must ask you if it is okay if they post to your friends’ walls. Be sure you are only authorizing trustworthy applications with information and only as much as they truly need.
  • Avoid common scams that are too good to be true. Do not click on links that lead to free iPhones, iPads, gift cards or anything else that seems suspicious. These items are most likely too good to be true.

With spam on the rise Facebook users need to remain on high alert to protect themselves and their businesses. The best advice regarding Facebook spam is to pay attention to the details when using Facebook to remain as safe as possible.

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