Facebook phishing. Phishing is a way of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure the unsuspecting public. Phishing is typically carried out by e-mail spoofing or instant messaging.
The fake sites, like the one below, use a similar URL to Facebook.com in an attempt to steal people’s login information. The people behind these websites, known as “phishers,” then use the information to access victims’ accounts and send messages to their friends, further propagating the illegitimate sites. In some instances, the phishers make money by exploiting the personal information they’ve obtained.
How can you be safe from this phishing
- Remember, Facebook will never ask for your password in an email, Facebook message, or any medium that isn’t the login page. Though you will need to re-enter your password when you set a security question, change your contact email, or send a virtual gift.
Be extra aware of weird Wall posts.
- Don’t click on any links—on a Wall or elsewhere—if you don’t know where they go
Set a security question for yourself on your Account page.
- If somehow something malicious shuts you out of your account, you will need the answer to that question in order for our User Operations team to let you back in. (If you’ve already set your security question, you won’t see a prompt for it on your Account page.)
Be extra aware of what website you are using to log in to Facebook
- (and other websites). Phishing websites can be made to look like other websites (like the Facebook log in page), and might try to disguise their urls. Be smart: www.facebook.com.profile.a36h8su2m8.info/login starts out looking like a legitimate Facebook website, but that a36h8su2m8.info part means it’s fraudulent. Set and use a browser bookmark to make sure you always log in from facebook.com
- If you see a Wall post that looks like spam on a friend’s Wall, tell the author to delete it and reset their password immediately.
Use a modern web browser to benefit from anti-phishing protection
- Internet Explorer 7
- Google Chrome
If you think you’ve been phished or find a phishing site
Send you reports to here. Be safe from hackers And use your Facebook account carefully
Become a fan of the Facebook Security Page for more updates on new threats as well as helpful information on how to protect yourself online.
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