With more than 600 million users worldwide, Facebook is without a doubt the number one social networking Web site on the map. While these statistics demonstrate Facebook’s popularity, these figures really only mean one thing to hackers and cyberspace crooks: Facebook is nothing more than the perfect feeding ground to steal careless users’ sensitive information via spamming and clickjacking. This is exactly why Facebook attempted to spruce up its user protection by joining forces with internet safety browsing tool Web of Trust (WTO) in late May.
While the congruence with WOT helps prevent users from clicking malicious outbound links that seduce users with promotions like “click here to win a free Kindle,” Facebook users who download the free Web of Trust Add-on (which is available for all major web browsers) are simply only given a “warning” of risky links. That means it doesn’t necessarily guarantee protection. If fact, nothing can guarantee protection. However there are ways to reduce risks. To learn 3 additional (yet simple) ways to safeguard your Facebook browsing experience while using WOT, continue reading below.
1. Secure Web Channel. First and foremost you want to ensure that your web channel is secured. You should use the HTTPS protocol (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) at all times. This protocol encrypts information while it is in transit so that malicious hackers cannot so easily read/obtain the information. To put it into better perspective, it’s almost as if your Facebook message or comment (which may hold sensitive information) is a handwritten letter and the protocol is a seal-tight envelope. The idea is that only the intended recipient can open the envelope. To check if you are already using https simply go to your Facebook profile page and look at the address bar. It should read: “https://www.facebook.com/”; note that the “s” needs to be included. If it reads http://www.facebook.com without the “s” then it is not secured. To change to a secure protocol, go to my account>settings>account security> and check the box that says secure browsing (https).
2. Always Log-out when Not in Use. Not only does leaving your account logged on for several hours while you are away from the computer make it easy for friends and family members to create “fake” and typically harmless status updates, but it also makes it easy for malicious hackers to steal your info and forge click jacking. So log out—even if doing so means you’ll have to take a few extra seconds to retype your log-in information and password.
3. Upgrade Browser. Lastly, you want to make sure that you have the latest version of the browser that you use. This is because with each new update, web browsers typically increase their levels of protection, including those that deal with spamming and clickjacking.
By-line: This guest post is contributed by Lauren Bailey, who regularly writes for best online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: blauren99 @gmail.com.
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