Tech industry experts say attacks on Facebook Inc (FB) users are on the rise as unsuspecting consumers are targeted by hackers intent on stealing their information. Threats can appear to be harmless posts which come from friends, but experts urge consumers to be cautious when clicking on anything through Facebook.
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) may be a playground for hackers, according to some tech industry experts. (If you believe your Facebook account has been hacked, click here for instructions on how to recover it.) Fox News reports that because people have come to trust Facebook so much, it is increasingly becoming a place for hackers and scam artists to target unsuspecting users.
There are several ways hackers can gain access to your Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) account. Keylogger apps, fake log-in sites and phishing scams are just a few of the ways hackers use to get into users’ Facebook accounts. Typically the threat looks like an innocent message sent from a friend, but it includes a link to sites that can, at the least, steal your Facebook login, and at the worst, steal your credit card information or even your identity.
Many people seem to believe that Facebook’s site is a safe place to click, read and check what friends are up to. But experts say those who use Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) may not be savvy enough to recognize a threatening post or link when they see one. As a result, hackers are having a field day there, collecting a lot of information they should not be able to access.
Tech experts interviewed by Fox News said security threats like viruses on Facebook rose significantly in October. Much hacker activity happens around major announcements or upgrades to the site. They said in October Facebook announced that it had marked the one billion user milestone. Any time Facebook is in the news, traffic on the site tends to go up.
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) said it does have an internal system that scans for viruses, but any hacker who work on a small scale may fly under the radar if they somehow convince users to just give them their password. Tech experts urge Facebook users to scan every unknown link before they click on it, even if it looks harmless.