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How does phishing get spread on Facebook?

Remember the usual warnings we got from experts that deal with spam links over chat windows? We were always told that if someone contacts us and they are not from our contacts list, we should beware the links they send us. For this reason, it was always easy to determine when we should be suspicious of links. If it’s not from a friend, chances are it’s dubious and we should stay away from it. That’s not really the case with social networks as phishing attempts usually come from the accounts of trusted friends.

What is phishing?

If you’ve been around the Internet for a while now, you’ve probably heard of the term “phishing”. It is the process of shady people setting up a web page that resembles that of a popular website such as Facebook. This page tricks users into giving out their login information which is often used to spread the scam further.

How does phishing get spread on Facebook?Phishing

With Facebook being the most popular social networking site around, it’s obvious that it’s the biggest target for sinister folks. The site runs on people being social as they post and comment on different links. This is an ideal breeding ground for phishing.

A careless person can click on one of these links that promise a “really hilarious video of a cat fighting a kangaroo” and they will be delivered to a page that asks them to re-enter their login information to view the “totally awesome video”. This page, of course, is no longer part of Facebook even if it looks exactly like a Facebook page. From here, the evil phishing people can acquire login information and use it to spread the questionable link from the careless user’s own account. Some of their equally careless friends will see this link and the cycle continues.

The Usual Tricks

The most common trick of phishing sites is to lure users into re-entering their login information to view content. Phishing can also occur when a web page asks you to download an application to better protect your system or to upgrade software such as Flash. All it takes is one careless click and you can give sinister phishing people full access not just to your social networking account details, but to your computer as well.

How do I fight phishing on Facebook?

The first and most important rule in fighting phishing in your social network is to be cautious of all the links. It’s not enough to trust links just because your friend “posted” them. Hover your mouse pointer over a link to see where it goes. Pay attention to the target URL so you can be sure that you’re going exactly where you want to go. And finally, a little common sense wouldn’t hurt. You should know that Facebook and other social networking sites do not ask you to re-enter your login details to simply view content. Always stay alert when you see the login screen and the URL of the page you are currently on. If you still fall for phishing shenanigans, the best thing you can do is to change your password immediately and promise yourself never to be that careless again.

Gino Carteciano is a blogger and freelance writer who works with people like the fine folks at MSDSonlineEnvironmental, Health & Safety blog. Also, he likes explosions.

 

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7 Comments

  1. Dude says:

    As more people’s lives are integrated online on social networking sites like Facebook there will inevitably be a compromise for cyber safety of personal information due to phishing. I think you wrote a great and relevant article that will become more important in the future. Keep up the excellent work, I really enjoyed the post.

  2. chris says:

    This article is too much good and contains relevant information about the Phishing that will secure us against facebook attacks,

  3. Kat says:

    Recently I ran into a Facebook scam or phishing attempt. I read that it’s called “social engineering”. Wanted to share it with your readers. I got a friend request from a friend who said their Facebook had been hacked and to friend them on their new Facebook account (basically their same name with slight variation). Or course, their old account hadn’t been hacked. And the new one was just a phishing account.

  4. Patrick says:

    Thank you for sharing this article with us. The phining is spreading more and more on the internet in general, and it took a major step forward on the social networks such as facebook despite important warnings coming from some experts who continue to educate users. Phining on facebook is a bit different, because these notifications, in most cases come from trusted friends. Most of the time they send a page that tricks users into giving their login information. Keep in mind that it is often used to spread the scam again. Be careful of url which recommends a connection window that allow you to insert a login and password . however if this already happened , consider changing your password to escape this kind of scam otherwise your account will simply be hacked.

  5. George says:

    Phishing on Facebook is definitely a topic that needs to be addressed and I’m glad you chose to write an article on it. It is not nearly as bad as the phishing that was going on during the MySpace craze, but it is still a huge problem especially with the older generation who does not understand that Facebook is able to be manipulated and “phished” to compromise your personal account.

  6. SOFIA Basse says:

    Thanks for providing information about the phishing it’s major targets are the social network site for there they get the basic information about the particular and use is for accessing there bank account and other information about them.

  7. Isaiah Dentaire says:

    Very informative site. Phishing basically targets social networking sites. These are the sites where users provide their personal information. Many times users unknowingly click on an url where they are redirected to a window to relogin . These are the instances when your account could be hacked. So, please be very careful and do not encourage phishing.

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