Tips to Protect from Facebook Spam Attack

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Facebook: Spam Attack

Have you noticed a lot of odd and disturbing images (p0rn0graphic, extreme violence, animal abuse) in your Facebook Newsfeed in the past few days? Avoid this massive Facebook spam attack by learning how to protect your account from hackers.

One big new in the online tech world this week was the massive exploitation of disturbing and offensive images in Facebook worldwide. This controversial security leak in Facebook has already been around for quite some time now and you might have read this chain message or post coming from your friends saying:

ATTENTION: The hackers have already entered Facebook and they are putting sexual videos from your name to the walls of your friends without you knowing it! You don’t see it, but other people can see it as if it were a publication that you made! So if you receive something about a video, it’s not mine! Copy this onto your wall, it’s for THE SECURITY OF YOUR OWN IMAGE.

While at first you might think of it as just another spam information circulating around Facebook, this is actually TRUE and millions of Facebook users around the globe also experienced this.

New Facebook Spam Attack

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As the chain message says, this new Facebook spam attack spreads obscene and p0rn0graphic images and videos around your Facebook news feed. Once your Facebook account is hacked, the said account will continue to publish such offensive materials to your friends without your knowledge and permission. If not given appropriate action, this can ruin your image as an individual between your Facebook friends.

According to Facebook’s latest official statement, the root cause of the latest Facebook spam attack was a malicious javascript that some users were tricked into pasting to their browser URL bar.

How to Protect your Account from Facebook Spam Attack

Since the problem is already present, the next thing we all Facebook users should be concerned now is to protect our Facebook account from being hacked. Here are some few tips on how to avoid this facebook spam attack:

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1.) Use a secured connection (https) in Facebook
Using a secured connection in Facebook will not only help you protect your account from hackers but also ensures your data and browsing activities to become private. This way, no other third party entities can intercept and monitor what you are doing in Facebook; thus, preventing possible insertion of malicious activities by hackers. Click here on how to enable https secure connection on Facebook.

2.) Create a strong Facebook password
If you think are account was already hacked or has been compromised by someone (hacker), the best think to do afterwards it to change your password immediately with a strong combination of letters, numbers, special characters, upper and lower cases. Avoid using very weak and obvious password such as your name (ex: Jenny1234, Jen_McKinnley) or your birth date. One tip to create a very strong Facebook password is to use words or ideas that you yourself only knows. Examples would be the name of your crush (ex: T0m4s_Riddl3). If you noticed, I used upper case and lower case letters, a special character, and replaced vowels with numbers. :]

facebook spam report3.) Be a Vigilant Facebook user
Common sense can really benefit a lot in situations such as spamming. If you think a shared link of a friend is suspicious or too good to be true, then don’t click it! As yourself first if that friend will really share that kind of content or better yet send him a private message and ask him/her if he/she really share something. Better be cautious than suffer the consequences later on. Also, don’t ever copy and paste code into your browser’s address bar unless you’re confident the source is legit. Report any spam contents to Facebook by clicking the arrow in the right side of the post then select “Report story or spam“.

For additional tips, you may also want to read this 10 Tips to Secure your Facebook Account that I’ve written before.

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