Protect yourself from Facebook threats!


Many of us use Facebook to communicate with friends and family.  It is growing in popularity, and consequently has drawn significant attention from criminals.  Currently, several Facebook attacks have been publicized by the media (see the BBC link below).  The concern is that the attacks seem to be “proof-of-concept” attacks.  Criminals are analyzing the impact of their attacks — what weaknesses do they reveal?  They look for user tendencies (what kind of message are they likely to respond to?) and Facebook’s network security (where are the holes?).  They are learning as they go along, and looking for vulnerabilities that they can exploit.

The lesson is to be cautious about the services you use on the Internet, and the devices you plug into your computer.  You can make your home environment and ours vulnerable to attack, if you are careless.  The criminals keep getting smarter.  It is no longer easy identifying them by poor English or other obvious signs of misrepresentation.  They are sophisticated and well-funded, and persistent!



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