>Digging up worms: a darker side to social networks. – AVG Blogs

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Digging up worms: a darker side to social networks.

Worm AVG Threat Labs gives users the ability to examine exactly what threats are lurking out there on the web. By simply entering a website’s URL, anyone can get an instant report detailing the site’s threat history and therefore its trustworthiness.
If you have already used this great free tool then you’ll have seen the initial site rating report i.e. “POPULAR”, “VERY POPULAR”, “TOP SITE” – as well as the information on the location of their server, the number of threats found and the number of compromised web pages.
Where live threats lurk.
You may be surprised to learn that worms (the nasty computer kind) are finding ways to spread quickly across both Facebook, Twitter and beyond. The Facebook Worm (1403) spreads by using Facebook wall posts and status updates that harbour a link that, if clicked, will infect a user’s system with spam, malware and/or a phishing attack. 
Here are the signs of potential danger:

  1. The URL is auto-shortened to hide its full length and origin and is linking to a site external to Facebook
  2. The post uses the acronym lmao – “laughing my arse off” – but it is a generic post and not directed to you personally. This should warn of potential danger.
  3. The subject matter offers humor and funny images – a common “lure” for spam.
  4. As with most things, common sense is the best tool in staying while social networking. 

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The BULLDOG Estate  Tips: If you follow these 10 facebook anti-hacked commandments, you will be less vulnerable to having your facebook account hacked.

1. Never give out your facebook user name & password.
2. Keep the email address associated with your facebook account under lock and key.
3. Use strong passwords.
4. Don’t click links while on facebook or other web locations indiscriminately.
5. Don’t follow any emails to facebook.
6. Make sure you are logging onto http://www.facebook.com
7. Don’t accept every friend request sent your way.
8. Do not leave your computer on with your Facebook account open.
9. Be sure to have a fully working and Up-To-Date anti virus software on your computer.
10. Share these commandments with everyone on facebook.


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