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Beware Of Scammers When Clicking ‘Like’ Button On Facebook

Facebook is the most used social networking site on earth with 1.5 billion users, and for this reason, it is also the most attractive to the scammers, who seek to dupe innocent unsuspecting users. It is habitual for several users to click the ‘like’ button in an instant whenever they like any Page or Post from their friends to register that they have seen it, but the people doing so may be helping scammers to con people online.

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Liking posts on Facebook can be dangerous

Liking posts or pages on Facebook seems harmless, but there could be potential dangers to doing so as it can enable online scammers to steal people’s information, spread viruses or give out false information by ‘like-farming’ on Facebook, says a report from Independent.

What scammers do is post a story on Facebook that is free of any malicious content, but is likely to be popular and attract likes and shares from people online. When something garners a huge number of likes and shares, then it appears higher up on the news feeds. The scammers then edit the post once it has attracted many likes and shares. This way malicious content is added to it. The scammers might, for instance, promote products to buy or introduce a paywall on the page with the intent of stealing credit card information.

With both the pages and posts, the same trick can be used. There could be a page that is filled with cat videos, but after it has attracted likes and shares from a large number of users, the scammers can begin posting malicious content, which will appear on their news feed.

It is possible to unlike a page or a post for a user, who suspects that he or she has liked a dangerous post by reviewing the likes, and for this they first need to go to their own profile, and then click on the Activity Log in the top-right corner.

Customize emoji reactions

Facebook recently introduced Reactions, which represents six different responses to a post. However, there could still be few people, who are not content with it, and feel that they need more ways to express themselves. For them, it is now possible to swap those six reactions with something a bit more fun.

There is a new browser extension from Reaction Packs, which, according to Mashable, makes it possible for Facebook users to change the six new alternatives to something even more expressive. This extension is available for both Firefox and Google Chrome browsers, and will help the users trade the built-in reactions for ones that feature Pokémon, Donald Trump, or Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.