It is sad to say, but makes total sense…that hackers would attack Facebook. A report released yesterday indicated that 10% of all LINKS on Facebook are a risk for Malware, spam and Profanity. They have indicated that 40% of the posts on Facebook include links and these people are taking advantage where they get the most bang for the buck – the Stars and large corporations that have a presence on the site. Facebook is not alone in this regard, many other social locations are also targets.
“No matter how careful you are, today’s Internet user is usually only two short clicks away from malicious content and an infected computer or network,” said Charles Renert, senior director, Security Research for Websense.
“Cybercriminals are increasingly more ingenious in developing robust systems for enticing users to malicious sites. As Web and social media become more essential in the workplace, companies need information security protection technology that allows flexible Web use and keeps their content secure with real-time inspection.” –
Some very interesting numbers published about data related to Malware – Spam and Profanity by celebrities and business Facebook accounts. Malware, spam in 10 per cent of Facebook links
Itbusiness.ca has a little spreadsheet tool that steps you through the process of setting up your Facebook account in the most secure fashion. If nothing else you should be letting everyone know about this tool and make sure you sit down with your kids accounts and set them up correctly to allow for the most secure Facebook experience. ITBusiness.ca’s Facebook security and privacy hardening tool
The dirty Web is getting dirtier. Today 95 per cent of user comments in blogs, chat rooms, message boards and other social forums are actually spam or links to malware, research shows.