PSA: Facebook spam attacks and what to do
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This afternoon the “This is sick! See who viewed your Facebook profile” spam attack is in full force. Why? I don’t have the answer, but I do know what to do if, in fact, your account is one generating the spam. The folks at Facebook provide a great resource to help those affected by the annoying issue:
If your account has been taken over and used to send spam, you should follow these steps immediately:
- Reset your Facebook password. You can do this by clicking the “Forgot your password?” link on the login page or by going to the Account Settings page once logged in.
- If you can’t reset your password because the email address you use to log in has changed, or if your account has been disabled, visit our help page.
- Make sure you have up-to-date security software on your computer, run a scan, and remove any malicious files. If you don’t do this, and your computer is infected, your account may be taken over again. If you don’t yet have protection for your computer, you can download a complimentary six-month subscription of McAfee security software. Learn more on the Software tab.
If you notice someone in your network generating the spam, you may want to: 1) delete the post off of their wall and 2) send them the link to this post or the Facebook Help Center link so they know to update their account.
Last, but not least, educate your social networks. Copy and paste this social friendly message to spread the word:
PSA for Facebook: The “this is sick…click to see who viewed your profile” spam attack in full force. Don’t click.
If you have any tips or suggestions, feel free to add to the comments. Hope you stay spam free!