Social media, be it Facebook or Twitter or others, with more than a billion active users across the globe, are becoming tempting ground for cyber criminals to spread malwares. Often embedded in the attractive post on social media, the malwares are just a click away from infecting your systems. ESET, an antivirus and security software company, has come up with security tips on social posts, be it on Facebook or any other social media, that one should never click on. Read on to know 6 of them.
#6 The “one-fact story” where people share without reading
People follow celebrity stories reverently. Cyber criminals want to cash on this weakness by posting catchy celebrity stories, which may appear on your timeline. It may be a false story with links to malware. So it is often safer to Google the subject of a link or type a website’s main URL into a browser instead of clicking the link.
#5 The one which begs you for “Likes”
You may have come across posts that ask you for help to get million likes for some social cause or to impress some loved once, do not get carried away. And visit your Activity Log in Facebook’s new Graph Search and make sure you haven’t “Liked” any companies, products or sites you wouldn’t want the world to know about.
#4 Any post – on any network – which mentions diets
People are getting obsessed with their weight. They want to try anything that can help them get zero size. Scammers often hawk diets that offer “amazing weight loss” – so the mere mention of the word “diet” should make you nervous, and lead you to click the link.
#3 The friend who sends you a gift card
While getting a gift card from a friend may make you feel warm, you may also end up with infected system. “Gift cards” offering amazing free sample are a fastest scam – and have been seen recently on picture-sharing networks such as Pinterest, where a stage of getting that “free gift” is, inevitably, to share the post with all your friends. Users don’t get any free gifts, but instead, end up giving their personal details or downloading malware which steals sensitive personal information.
#2 The news outlet you’ve never heard of
It is dangerous to click on unknown things on internet, and it goes same for Facebook too. Abstain from clicking on posts from news outlets you have not heard about. Cybercriminals send out bogus news links to blend in with the flurry of “real” news.
#1 The post where your friend breaks a global news
The links about a breaking global news may often appear in your Facebook feeds as suggested post. It is best to avoid them as they can inadverantly lead to downloading a malware and do not share the link with your friends.