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 July 27, 2012

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Android malware learns a new trick Mobile security software and a cautious nature can help you avoid risky apps over the Android Market (Google Play). But researchers have now discovered a way to convert good apps into malicious ones via an update, after they have been installed on a device....

Malware attack through Facebook photo tag notification

 July 24, 2012

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This is a warning for Facebook users. A fraudulent email is circulating on the Internet claiming to be from Facebook and saying you’ve been tagged in a photo. The email probably looks like this: On a closer look the email is from “notification @faceboook.com” and not from a “Facebook.com” domain. This...

Facebook planning to allow under-13s: Is this a good decision?

 May 23, 2012

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Simon Milner, Head of Policy in Facebook, Britain, recently declared that Facebook is planning to abolish the act of disallowing children below 13 years of age from becoming members (this CNET post explains the situation well). The opinions obviously are divided straight down the middle. Many parents feel that this...

Facebook scam – Kristen Stewart was taped drunk and having s#x

 May 8, 2012

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Once again Facebook is flooded with a new scam carrying a very bold message – “Kristen Stewart was taped drunk and having s#x”. With such a bold message the attacker tries to lure more and more victims towards his fatal intentions. If you click on the link to watch the video,...

When Facebook Apps cease to be ‘Cool’

 May 7, 2012

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Have you ever wondered why certain ads show up in the right hand corner of your Facebook page? A closer look at these ads and you will be surprised at the volumes they speak about your lifestyle choices – be it exclusive shoes from an e-retailer or a self-development course!...

Facebook scam – Free Ray-Ban Sunglasses and TOMS shoes

 May 3, 2012

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Facebook is flooded with new scam messages which say “Free Ray-Ban Sunglasses and TOMS shoes”. This time scammers are using popular brand names like Ray-Ban sunglasses and TOMS shoes to trick Facebook users. This is a similar sort of Facebook scam wherein free merchandise is advertised. The scam lures users by giving them the prospect...

How to Avoid Facebook Scams

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 April 12, 2012

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

With more than 800 million users all over the world, Facebook is the perfect breeding ground for scam artists. Every Facebook user has their account interlinked with hundreds or even thousands of their friends. With the exponential amount of users connected to each other Facebook scams require only a few...

Facebook Scam – I just hate RIHANNA

 March 15, 2012

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There is nothing new about the fact that scam artists are once again using a celebrity’s name to spread their spam on Facebook. This time it’s Rihanna whose name is embroiled in the scam. This spam message, “OMG – I just hate RIHANNA after watching this video” followed by a...

Beware of Free Facebook Mugs Scam

 January 20, 2012

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The ‘Free Facebook Mug Scam’ is somewhat different from the previous Facebook scams that we have seen. Similar to the previous scams, it redirects the users to complete online surveys. In addition to this, it steals the user’s Facebook email ID and it also installs a malicious browser plugin. So...

Fake Facebook alert for changing their password

 December 22, 2011

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Facebook users are being targeted with fake emails pertaining to come from the social network and alerting them to change their password. The emails are sent from the spoofed email address “Facebook (update+{Random Characters}@facebookmail.com) with subjects like: -Security alert. -Your account information. -New notifications. The email comes with one of...