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A recent article estimates that a 20 percent increase in malware threats last year has been targeting user profiles on Facebook. In response to the rise in malware attacks on the growing social media platform, Internet marketing firm fishbat urges Facebook users to be safe.
Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) January 30, 2013
On January 30, 2013, Internet marketing firm fishbat responds to an article published by Fox News. The article reports of a 20 percent increase in malware attacks online and many have targeted Facebook users. In an effort to bring awareness to its 1 billion users, fishbat asks everyone using social media to protect themselves against such attacks and be cautious when sharing secure information such as passwords and usernames.
According to Fox News, hackers are targeting Facebook users by “[using] phishing scams, fake login sites, keylogger apps, and other deadly threats that look like they come from a friend.” Fox News reports, “What appears to be a harmless message or wall post can include a link to a site that can steal credit card information or your identity.”
“As the popularity of Facebook grows, attacks will grow,” said Cameron Camp, a security researcher with ESET Security Research Labs, in the article. “The more time a user spends on Facebook, the more a potential attack surface grows, because they tend to trust the platform with increasing amounts of personal information that can be used as information for bad actors, and also because if there is an active attack, their computer is more exposed if they are always logged in, and therefore interacting.”
The article reports that, according to Dell SonicWALL, within the past 90 days, approximately 28 percent of all Internet app traffic happened on Facebook.
Facebook spokesperson Frederic Wolens had stated in the Fox News article that “an internal virus scanning system usually weeds out infections. Facebook also offers a reward for security researchers who report on known threats.”
Internet marketing firm fishbat’s COO Scott Darrohn comments on the article. “The dangers of the Internet should not keep anyone from using sites like Facebook and Twitter. Malware attacks, hackers, digital espionage, should all be seen as hazards that can be prevented with the proper amount of education,” says Darrohn. “Users should be a little more conservative with their social media accounts and always be on the lookout for such dangers.”
fishbat was recently awarded Best Social Media Agency of Long Island for its achievement in digital services. “Use protection such as a Malware security program and your own instincts,” says Darrohn. “If it doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t safe.”
fishbat, Inc. is a full service online marketing firm. Through social media management, search engine optimization (SEO), web design, and public relations, fishbat strives as a marketing firm to raise awareness about your brand and strengthen your corporate image.
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