Do you want to stay safe on the social network? Do you think you could have been infected in the book? We tell you how to avoid and eliminate Facebook viruses.
Facebook is generally a secure network. It allows us to contact our family, friends and acquaintances on the Internet. It makes it possible to know what is happening around the world. It gives us the opportunity to communicate and speak out to the world. And all this being able to control how we do it, and with whom we share it.
However, Facebook is famous and full of users. Which makes hackers and other malicious people want to take advantage from Facebook to find your victims. We don’t want that to happen, so at Omicrono we tell you how you can avoid all those threats.
Beware of the applications you give access to
As the presence of Facebook is such, many applications and services allow registration with Facebook. Every time we do this, we are giving certain accesses to our account. And nothing happens if it is a trusted application. The problem is that some attackers take advantage of this to sneak into other people’s accounts.
Therefore, when giving access to an application, you must be very careful. Look carefully who is asking for access and, above all, what access is he asking you. If you doubt, the best thing to do is to search the name of the application in Google, or directly cancel. And if you click on a link that takes you directly to this page, leave immediately.
Regularly review authorized apps
For this also it is important to know which applications have access to our account. The idea is that only the essential, what we use and really need it, have access. Any application or service that does not fall within this group can be removed without fear.
You can see it through this link. And yes, you should take five minutes and borris everything you don’t like. Delete the apps you no longer use, the ones you don’t remember why are there, and the ones that seem suspicious. And do not worry if you delete an application you need without realizing it, you will be asked for access again when you are going to use it.
DO NOT tap on suspicious links, not even from your friends
A friend sent you a strange link by private message? Or has it appeared in your feed shared by one of your contacts? Although it comes from your friends, be suspicious. Your account may be compromised, or they may be cheated. Even if they insist, refuse. And, if you click on that suspicious link, you may be next.
An example of this, ironically, we find it in the Black Mirror subreddit. A user clicked on a link sent to her by an old Facebook contact, which took her to a fake Apple login page. When entering his details, he gave them to an attackerAnd then came a nightmare: He stole all her accounts and even posted nude photos of her on her Facebook.
DO NOT accept any stranger on your Facebook
This follows the line of the previous advice. Even if you think you have a better profile having a bigger circle, you are increasing your risk of encountering threats and strange things. At best it is spam; At worst it is someone trying to trick you into taking your account.
Add only to profiles of people you know, verify that the profiles are legitimate. AND mistrust strangers, no matter how good a profile they appear to have.
Be very careful with the offers and bargains
The same happens with the offers or bargains that we can find on Facebook. They can be a trap to steal our account, they can be a fraud to get our money, or it can even be a pyramid scam. Yes, they have not disappeared, Facebook has given them a new place to live. So keep an eye out, even if the great offer comes from your good friend.
Secure your account before anything happens
Of course, all this is useless if we don’t protect our account properly. In addition to checking the privacy options, we must place as much security as possible. Enter a strong password (and use a password manager if necessary), activate two-step verification and check recognized devices.
You can do all of this from the Facebook security tab. Yes, spend another 5 minutes reviewing all options that Facebook gives us.
What to do if I have fallen into Facebook viruses?
If you have fallen into the trap, there is no time to lose:
- Change the password you use on Facebook. Activate two-step verification since you’re there.
- If you share the Facebook password with other accounts, change the passwords for all those accounts.
- Post on Facebook that your account has been compromised, reaching only friends. Explain the details of what happened. This will serve to be alert, and to be able to act if they are also committed.
- Check the extensions installed in your browser. Do the same as with authorized applications: uninstall the extension if you are suspicious.
- Just in case, you run a tool like MalwareBytes on your computer. The reason is to know if your browser, or your computer, is compromised. If it is, follow the steps in the tool to fix it.