As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook is a fertile breeding ground for scams and malware. And the cybercriminals behind these cons are constantly adapting their methods to stay ahead of Facebook’s security. That’s why, this week, Consumer Reports published a blog post educating users on how to avoid falling for these scams, and highlighting some of the newer varieties people need to watch out for.
In general, the agency said, scammers no longer shotgun peoples’ inboxes and hope they get a few bites. Instead, they hyper target and individualize their communications to persuade their targets that someone they know is reaching out to them.
“It seems a bit more personalized,” said Ashlee Benge, a researcher at internet security firm ZeroFox. “Gone are the days when attackers could send out emails with the same generic content body and hope people fell for it.”
Consumer Reports also issued warnings for Facebook users to beware of anyone requesting either money or information such as addresses or full names. According to experts, these hackers could probably find this information via search, but they don’t want to dig for your data. That means that by following simple best practices like not opening attachments, not responding to strangers and turning on two-factor authentication, you can effectively protect your account.
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