According to a Facebook statement published by ZDnet.com, “In other words, this is the type of spam we’ve seen before, but it’s coming in at a much faster pace, as if it was something planned in advance. It’s currently unclear if users are required to click on something to start spreading the spam, or if this is an actual attack leveraging some kind of vulnerability in the service’s code.”
If your Facebook account has been compromised, consider these tips from ZDnet to help clean up your news feed and restore your account’s security.
*Change your password. This is the easiest and most common fix for a compromised account. Change your password to a combination of letters and numbers. And get in the habit of frequently changing your password to help minimize account attacks. To be on the safe side, you may also want to change your password to other online sites, especially if it’s the same as or similar to your Facebook password.
*Clean up your apps. You’re likely no stranger to app requests. Aside from being entertaining (or annoying), apps can also be downright dangerous. ZDnet suggests removing any Facebook app that looks suspicious. You’ll revoke any previous permissions and help safeguard your account from hackers or other malicious parties.
*Check for viruses. Your Facebook woes may have originated from another virus or malware that was unknowingly installed on your computer. If you don’t already have anti-virus software, pick up a copy and run a check on your computer. The software will pinpoint suspicious and/or dangerous files, and will take you through a step-by-step process to quarantine and destroy the culprits.
Have you been a victim of this latest Facebook hacking? If so, what safeguards have you taken to help protect your account?