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Posted 3/30/11 , edited 4/2/11
Due to recent events, I would like to share this with you. Better be safe than sorry... This is just along the general lines of how to protect yourself. I'm not computer savvy, just paranoid enough lolz. Anyway, without further adieu...

I'll try to keep this updated as i possibly can.



How to Keep Your Account Safe



Have a strong password:
A strong password contains capital letters, lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers. A secure password contains no less than 14 different characters. The less characters, the less secure you'll be. I recommend having no less than 8 characters in your password(s). You should not include common/easy to find information in your password(s) (such as personal information pertaining to age, birth date, or address).



Never use the same password:
Keep separate passwords! Your forum/email/Facebook passwords should never be the same as your other passwords. If a hacker breaks into your Facebook/forum/email, then chances are they will have zero problems breaking into all of your other log-ins with the same password. Keep them separate!



Don't write down your passwords:
If you live alone, or if no one has any access to your room/office/etc, then I'd say you'd be okay to do this. However, if you are in an area where everyone has access, it is highly recommended that you do not write down your passwords on paper.


Never put sensitive information out where anyone can see it:
Use your discretion. Common sense dictates never putting your email address and your full Date of Birth in plain sight. NEVER give out personal information to persons that you do not know and do not trust. If somebody asks you details that look similar to security questions (where you were born, your mother's middle name, your pet's name, etc.) DO NOT GIVE THAT INFORMATION OUT!


Never use the same emails:
Always make sure to keep your emails different for forums and Facebook. If by any chance the hacker breaks into your forum account, email or Facebook account, they will know the email to everything if you use the same emails for all of them. They can then do password resets as much as they want and strip away your access from all of them.



Never share accounts:
In most cases sharing accounts is against a company's/forum's ToS/RoC. Sharing accounts can carry a heavy burden. Even if you trust the person, there's always a chance that they might steal from you, share your account information with someone whom they trust, of even click on a link that steals your login credentials. Simply keep your accounts to yourself, and let them keep their accounts to themselves.



Always perform virus scans:
Keep your computer free of infection! Always make sure that your virus database is up-to-date, and always perform regular virus scans no less than 1 time every 3 days. If you have a licensed copy of Windows, take advantage of Microsoft Security Essentials and you can download and check it out here

There are plenty of virus scanners out there, but some of them are not recommend/preferred by a lot of (Symantec, McAfee, and Norton in particular). There are many free alternatives out there. Some of the free alternatives that are highly recommend are: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, AVG 9.0, Avast!, Super Anti-Spyware, and Spybot Search & Destroy. Some of the anti-virus programs that are NOT free are: Panda Anti-Virus and Kaspersky.

Stop. Look. Think:
If somebody is offering you something and you are unsure if this person is an official representative of a known company, or if you are unsure of the company/organization being represented, stop and think. If its too good to be true, it probably is. The same goes for adverts saying "click this to get xxx FREE CREDITS" - they do not work and is most probably a virus or a malware
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... about installing software



One other tip! If you need to download an application such as a video codec, go to download.com. If it's not there then chances are its a virus. It pays to research whatever you're installing on your computer. When installing a new program, check the publisher. The publisher info is ALWAYS given in the dialog box that pops up asking if you are sure you want to install. Just google publishers and read up on them before installs. Almost all viruses rely on user actions to infect a computer! Hope this was interesting and helpful! xD

Stay safe while you're online
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... staying safe while on facebook

Have you ever wondered who viewed your profile? Have you seen messages like the ones depicted in the examples below, in your NEWS FEED, Inbox, Facebook Events List or Chat Window, do not click any of the links in them. If you think the "click itch" has caught you, you might want to stop and check this out first.

These messages are Profile Spy Scams and will lead to Rogue Facebook Applications, Survey Scams, Phishing Scams or other malware. Please see the example pictures below.






Now why should we avoid clicking them you ask?

The Profile Spy And Why It Is A Scam
A Profile Spy is a fake application that claims to allow users to see who has stalked, crept around, visited or viewed their Facebook Profile. Most of these bogus applications simply spread random messages from one persons profile to the next in effort to dupe unsuspecting facebook users in to taking Surveys. The surveys earn scam artists between $1 to 2 dollars and can be used for much more malicious intentions like, Identity Theft or to push malware and or viruses on to users computers. Most of the bogus messages pushed out by these rogue apps include a link to an external domain or a Facebook application. When you click on this link, you are taken to a site where you are asked to like and share the page or urged to install some unknown application on your Facebook profile. You are told that this is a requirement in order to sign up or use the Profile Spy application. If you follow the directions given, you will either manually send spam messages or the application will automatically send spam messages, just like the one you received, to your friends on Facebook. You are then told to take a survey or download a product to complete the process and use the app. Although this scam started a few years ago, it is still around and some people are still unaware that it is a scam. Don’t fall victim to it or any other application that claims to be able to see who looks at your Facebook profile, they are all scams. Facebook claims it has made it technically impossible to find out who has viewed your Facebook Profile because it is a violation of Facebook policies to track profile views.

What Facebook Says About Seeing Your Profile Viewers
The 2 photos below are taken from 2 facebook help topics that explain why Profile Spies DO NOT work on facebook. The statements are quite clear and shouldn't need explaining.





How To Fix It, If You Fell For It

How to Recover After A Rogue Application Install
If you have installed any Rogue Applications to your facebook profile, due to a Profile Spy Scam, you may be currently spamming your wall and or your friends News Feeds with the Rogue Applications viral/scam messages. You must remove the messages from your wall by deleting the post and remove the rogue app by uninstalling it from your facebook profile.

How to remove a Rogue Application and it's Spam Messages from your profile
To Remove The Rogue Applications Messages From Your Wall:
Navigating to your profile wall, then locate the message you want to remove.
Once you've located the message click on the little "X" at the top right corner of the message.
At that point Facebook will either open a dialog box which will ask you are sure you want to remove the post, or it will offer you a menu. If you get The Dialog Box simply click the "Remove Post" button in the dialog box to remove the message. If you get The Menu simply Select "Remove Post OR Remove Post and Revoke The Publishing Rights of {App Name}" from the menu and the message will be removed.

To Remove The Rogue Application From Your Facebook Profile:
From your Facebook home page Click Account, then "Privacy Settings".
Then under the heading "Applications, Games, and Websites" click "Edit Settings".
To the right of the heading "Applications You Use" Click the "Edit Settings" button.
Finally find the rogue application you want to remove in the list and click the "Little X" to the right of it's name. From there Simply follow the facebook prompts to remove the app.

How to Remove A Rogue Photo: ( You've Tagged Your Friends )
This will happen if you've installed a Rogue App which places a photo on your wall and then proceeds to tag your friends in that photo. You can remove the rogue Photo and the associated rogue app by following the directions given in the How to remove a Rogue Application and it's Spam Messages from your profile section above.

How to Remove Your Name From a Tagged Photo: (You've Been Tagged)
Navigating to the Photo with the Offending Tag in it. You will be able to find it by scrolling down your news feed or scrolling down your profile wall.
Once you have found the Photo, simply click it. ( DO NOT click any of the links next to the Photo. Just Click the Photo. )
When the photo loads, simply look right below the photo and you will see a list of people who have been tagged it.
Find Your Name in the list, then click the "Remove Tag" link right next to Your Name. The tag will be removed..

Did You Fill Out The Survey Scam?
It is important that you never hand over any personal information, such as: email addresses, cell number, name, home address or credit card numbers, to these types of scams. If you do, you are simply setting yourself up to be spammed or worse. Identity theft is big business and handing over some of the info these bogus surveys ask for, will make you a victim of that business. If you have made the mistake of handing over a credit card number, you should call your bank or credit provider as soon as possible to have them remove or dispute the charges that have or maybe made to the card. If you've given your cell number to any of these types of Scams, it is important that you call your cell carrier ASAP to have any charges you may receive stopped. If you begin to receive unsolicited phone calls, you should take note of the calls, record names and numbers, then report the calls to the FCC or other proper authorities..


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