Hackers and website have taken their propagation into the social media platforms where they are going viral. New waves of attacks have been hitting the Facebook platform, where hackers are taking full control of social network users accounts, annoying users and their friends with bogus posts and shares. However, Facebook has been working tirelessly to deliver top security to their 1 billion users. A number of questions have been raised as the Facebook phishing scam continues to take advantage of the social network end users.
Ryan Johnson, the Senior Sales Manager of Semalt, has tailored some compelling facts that will serve you in protecting your account data.
Being vigilant when clicking emails sent from strange sites cannot be emphasized enough when it comes to online security. Keeping your account information discrete is also important by avoiding feeding it in strange sites. Social network users can check how secure their browsers are by feeding the URL in the search query. Algorithms determine how secure a site is by displaying a ' secure, not secure, and dangerous sign' on the search query.
The first phase of this attack was combated by Facebook platform, but the hackers took their propagation to another level, where they have been sending spam emails to Facebook users. The spam emails sent to Facebook users display a link that seems to contain the log in option. After clicking the link, users are directed to a malicious website platform where their confidential data and credentials are transferred to hackers' platforms.
Getting access to Facebook account usernames and passwords gives hackers sufficient time to log in end user accounts, posting spam videos, sending bogus messages to friends, and downloading malicious codes that request users' personal information and financial data. The sole aim of hackers is to retrieve sensitive information from your PC and use it for personal gains.
Facebook has been playing an integral role in blocking spam attacks by identifying the accounts sending the malicious links and removing all posts from the server containing any of the links. Facebookmail.com is among the URLs that are used by spammers to fool users. According to experts, attackers have an automated mechanism of sending bogus messages to an average of 18 friends at a time.
Whenever Facebook eradicates malicious links from its server, other links are lined up to take the place of the eradicated one, a tactic that hackers are using to make sure they collect financial and personal information from as many Facebook users as possible. However, the Facebook security team has the track of all bogus links propagated in the network by hackers. According to experts, Facebook users should open their emails sent from Facebook with caution. Facebook sends emails from Facebook.com URL, which is also the original network URL.
You may have been hit by phishing links by opening a spam email sent by spammers. Feeling the impact of it can help prevent this from happening to your friends by sharing posts on how spammers have been taking advantage of Facebook users by sending them spam emails. Security is one of Facebook's priority. Keep your account safe by installing anti-malware to filter spam emails.