Protecting Your Identity: No Facebook, More Security?

This post is the third in our “Protecting Your Identity” Series.  Click here for Part 1 and Part 2.

Let’s face it: identity theft is inherently….boring.

But, it IS important.  After all, we’ve all seen the Facebook and email viruses pop up after our friends were “suckered” into clicking on them.  But still, what gives?  In short, ignorance. 

Sure, there’s the occasional, accidental click that opens someone’s computer up to a free ride for those information hackers.  But let’s be honest, if you see something that doesn’t seem right to you, just don’t open it.

It sounds simple and security is more advanced when compared to a few years ago.  So while the ILOVEYOU computer worm is most likely no longer a threat, you need to keep yourself up to date and in the know as viruses will become even more popular on Facebook.

As Facebook will continue to expand, it’s only logical to assume that this environment will become a personal playground for hackers.  Just today, news of a new Facebook virus that spreads via Facebook chat was made public.  As it’s described, “The worm propagates via instant messaging applications and social networking sites. The instant message it sends is a link that downloads a copy of itself.”  While we’ve warned you in previous entries to keep as much information as you can to yourself, the infiltration of Facebook is something that will surely scare plenty of people out there.

So how do you prevent it?  While we’re definitely not stressing that you deactivate your Facebook profile (as that would be a wee bit of an overreaction), the old staples of advice still ring true: keep yourself updated on anti-virus software and always avoid anything that looks suspicious on the internet.  Simply put, think before you click.

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