We might all be cynical, time-starved, restless 21st centurions but with more and more Facebook users regularly checking their privacy settings it’s clear that the online safety message is being understood.
Yet, just as in the real world, there are a small group of bad guys out there intent on ruining our digital lives. Whether it’s stealing our personal information to sell it on or commit ID fraud; taking over our computer or mobile device without our knowledge; or simply bothering us with irritating spam messages, the dangers in 2012 are greater than they’ve ever been.
So what’s the best way to get safe and keep safe?
Well, a lot of it is common sense… We’re not going to stop clicking or sharing links or videos, that’s crazy! But it’s important that we all have protection that stops our account’s getting hijacked and protects our personal information or devices from risky third party apps.ay to get safe and keep safe?
Ever seen a fake status updates that try and trick us into handing over our personal details or money? On your own it can be hard to tell which are safe and which are dangerous, but Facebook recently signed a deal with Trend Micro and other providers to scan and block any malicious links on the site. Using our Smart Protection Network (SPN) Facebook now not only blocks dangerous links but also stops malware downloads and other attacks before they have a chance to reach your Mac, PC, or Mobile device.
That same SPN technology powers Trend Micro Titanium 2013, which has a host of cool new features, including our awesome Facebook Privacy Scanner.
So before you go marching back out into the social media wilderness, remember to do the following:
- Install a free security product from the Facebook AV Marketplace
- Check your Facebook Privacy settings to make sure you’re happy with who sees and has access to your personal data
- Report any suspicious or malicious links to Facebook using the drop down options menu in the top right-hand corner of the post
- Finally… Make sure your friends and family pay a visit to the AV Marketplace so everyone stays safe online
I work for Trend Micro and opinions expressed here are my own.