Popular phishers on the whole internet including on Facebook, they use same fake offers of free, rare, secret or exclusive digital goods to trap your attention.
To avoid them, beware of the following:
- Messages with misspellings and typos, multiple fonts or oddly placed accents.
- Messages that claim to have your password attached. Facebook will never send you your password as an attachment.
- Mismatched links: When you hover over a link, look at the status bar at the bottom of your browser window, and make sure the link actually goes to the place shown in the email.
- Messages asking for your personal information. Facebook will never ask you for your personal data like:
Your account password.
Your social security number or tax identification number.
Your full credit card number or PIN.
5. Messages claiming that your account will be deleted or locked unless you take immediate action.
If you doubt anything start by typing www.facebook.com into your browser to get to Facebook. Facebook recommend users checking official Facebook Pages or app Pages before clicking on any promotions.
How to keep your Facebook account secure.
These are few things that a Facebook Help page suggests users to do so as to keep their account safe:
- First, Think before you click on any link and never click suspicious links no matter where they come from. This means that even if they come from a friend or a company you know. This includes links sent on Facebook and in emails. If one of your friends clicks on spam they could accidentally send you that spam or tag you in a spammy post. You also shouldn’t download things like .exe files if you aren’t sure what they are.
- Pick a unique, strong password. Use combinations of at least six letters, numbers and punctuation marks and don’t use this password for any of your other accounts. Learn how to Create Strong Password in this blog post, Click Here
- Never give out your login info like email address and password. Sometimes people or pages will promise you something nice if you share your login info with them. These types of deals are carried out by cybercriminals and violate the Facebook Terms. If you’re ever asked to re-enter your password on Facebook check to make sure the address of the page still has facebook.com/ in the URL.
- Log in at www.facebook.com. Sometimes scammers will set up a fake page to look like a Facebook login page, hoping to get you to enter your email address and password. Make sure you check the page’s URL (web address) before you enters your login info. When in doubt, you can always type facebook.com into your browser to get back to the real Facebook.
- Update your browser. The newest versions of internet browsers have built in security protections. For example, they might be able to warn you if you’re about to go to a suspected phishing site. Facebook supports there Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.
- Run anti-virus software to protect yourself from viruses and malware.
Do not forget to share with your Friends to make them stay safe on Facebook!