How to protect yourself from recent Facebook spam

How to protect yourself from recent Facebook spam

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by REBEKAH HOOD / KVUE.com

kvue.com

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 24 at 6:32 PM

AUSTIN -- Have you been receiving emails containing a Facebook friend's name listed as the sender, but the email wasn't actually sent from them? Facebook users have been complaing for a couple of months now about receiving spam that looks eerily similar to something a real friend would have sent.

"I get them constantly," said Kim Waters, a fan of The KVUE Insider on Facebook. "They seem to be looking at my friends list. I've gotten fake emails from half a dozen Facebook friends and Mark Zuckerberg!"

According to a write-up by the Better Business Bureau, "The scammers do an excellent job of replicating Facebook’s colors, logo and language. However, hovering over the link will reveal that the real destination is a third party website…not Facebook.com."

Facebook, itself, has addressed users' concerns, and released a statement in September:

"Recently, we discovered a single isolated campaign that was using compromised e-mail accounts to gain information scraped from Friend Lists due to a temporary misconfiguration on our site. We have since enhanced our scraping protections to protect against this and other similar attacks and will continue to investigate this case further. To be clear, there was neither a mass compromise of Facebook accounts nor any leak of private information." Click here to read the rest of Facebook's statement.

According to Mashable.com, as of this past January about four million Facebook users experience spam on a daily basis. Mashable and Internet security company Zone Alarm suggest the following to protect your Facebook account from security threats:

- Create a strong password

- Don't accept unknown friend requests

- Monitor what your friends are sending and sharing with you

- Turn on HTTPS:// browsing on your Facebook settings.

- Don't click on suspicious links.

- Download Facebook security software.

Facebook also has a section devoted to helping you protect your account from security threats. Click here for more information.

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