Beware of Facebook dislike button scam

30th September 2015

clip_image002Facebook users are being targeted by scammers’ just weeks after Facebook announced they are close to developing a long awaited ‘dislike’ button.

On the 15th September, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced that the social networking giant was “very close” to developing a ‘dislike’ button which will allow users to show empathy toward fellow users at times when a ‘like’ would not be suitable, such as when a loved one passes away.

However, scammers have quickly started to manipulate the news by falsely offering early access to the dislike feature before it has been officially launched.

In a bid to gain users trust, scammers encourage them to click links which promise access to the yet to be released ‘dislike’ feature, however by clicking the link they can leave themselves open to a number of different security threats.

Commonly these links can lead to websites where hackers may seek to trick unsuspecting users into handing over their bank details or they may dupe them into downloading software which turns out to be malicious.

Security experts have advised (link to: https://grahamcluley.com/2015/09/right-cue-come-facebook-dislike-button-scams/) that users are patient while these new features are introduced, and that anti-virus software is installed and regularly updated.

Individuals are not the only ones susceptible to Facebook scams, and with the growing importance of online marketing, many businesses use Facebook on a daily basis and may also be leaving themselves vulnerable to the scam.

Here at ECL (link to: http://www.computer-support-essex.co.uk/) we have extensive experience in protecting businesses against the latest computer viruses, spam, phishing scams and other threats. For more information please, please call us on 01268 575300 or email us on info@ecl.co.uk

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