A friend of mine sent me a weird message through Facebook yesterday, that only said Hello and had a URL link. I talked to her about it and it turns out that she logged into a site that she thought was Facebook, but realized too late it was not. She said it looked like Facebook, but the logo was wrong, she did not notice this until after logging in and giving them her Facebook userid and password. They then started spamming people in her Friends list in Facebook. Luckily Facebook disabled her account right away an notified her it had been compromised and had her change her passwords and security questions immediately.

So what are some things you can do to prevent this from happenning to you?

  • Make sure when you are logging into websites such as webmail, or Facebook that you are really logging into them. Use your bookmarks and don’t use links from other websites to access them. Pay attention to the logos and layout of the website, if it doesn’t look right, don’t login.
  • If you have a Facebook account and get a message from a friend that only says Hello, do not click on the link and delete it immediately. You may also want to contact that friend via regular email and let them know their account is compromised.

Hopefully these tips will help some of you to look twice before logging in and make sure something like what happened to my friend doesn’t happen to you.