Social media scams
Social media is something that we cannot live without anymore. Most people, no matter their gender and age, have at least an account on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
This is not something abnormal. After all, we live in an era filled with technology and this field is developing continuously.
The internet became part of our lives, but what about the threats that it could bring? How could you avoid common scams that put in danger your private information and not only that?
These are just two questions to which I will try to answer in the following rows of this article.
If you are interested in knowing which the most common Facebook scams are, you should continue your reading session.
The statistics don’t look good
People use social networks such as Facebook, for various purposes. It all started with the intention of connecting with other people more often.
In time, things became more complex. There are thousands of businesses that promote themselves on these networks.
No matter, which your purpose might be, not securing your data, such as email address, phone number, etc, you expose yourself to many online scams.
As I mentioned in the subtitle above, the statistics do not look good at all. The widest percent of people who use Facebook’ network, do not believe that securing their data is so important.
Another considerable percent is not even checking online to see if others are using their data. How many times have you checked your name on Google?
This indifference will only expose you and make you more vulnerable than you ever thought you will be.
Checking who blocked you
One of the things people might be interested in is whoever blocked them. What I find very amusing is how teenagers and young people express their anger on their friends or lovers. The first thing they do is block them on every social media network.
Once they realize that they are blocked they might want to know whoever did that. This will make them access so-called Facebook features that allow them to do that. They also download all kinds of programs and apps that allow them to do that.
You should stay chill because Facebook will never provide for you such a feature. If I decide to block anyone is a personal and private decision. You expose yourself to reveal your data to third parties so they could use them for other purposes.
Who checked my profile?
When you are passionate about social networks, you might also be interested in whoever saw your profile. I saw many ads on Facebook with programs that might help you reveal this mystery. My advice is to not access those programs.
You will see that once you do that, you have to offer something in return such as completing a survey or something. The main risk is to allow unknown people to use personal data from your account. Are you that interested in knowing whoever accessed your profile?
Get more likes and show that to everyone
I understand this point of view, especially for the ones who created a small business from their online activities. We all see that there are many influencers online who through their Facebook accounts and YouTube accounts earn their monthly incomes.
You should not agree to allow a third party, who you do not know, to create a video of your most liked posts to receive even more likes. You might end up offering for free and for who knows what purpose, your private data.
We all want the dislike button
The dislike button was and it still is something that the Facebook owners promised us to have soon. This means, that you do not have this possibility in this exact moment. Still, you might be tempted to install such a button on your own to show your disapproval to everyone.
Because everyone knows that you might find ads or emails where all you have to do is access a link and the dislike button will be yours to use. Nothing like that will ever happen and you also put your private data in danger.
We all know about the fake news
At least this is what I want to believe. Facebook platform is filled with them. Usually, the titles of the news are appealing enough to tempt you to open them.
Once you do that you realize that it was just a scam. There is nothing related to the title of the news and you also risked a malware threat to be installed in your device once you opened that news.
Fake info about your Facebook account
You may receive an email from who knows where that announces you that your Facebook account is canceled or in danger to be canceled. The main purpose of this scam is to achieve more important data from you such as passwords, credit card info and many other things that scammers can use so they can commit different kinds of frauds.
What you should remember is that not only your email addresses can be stolen or your Facebook accounts could be used by other people. Your bank account or accounts could be drained as well.
I have seen with my own eyes how a Facebook account was used by others to send awful messages to all the Facebook contacts listed. It was not pretty at all.
Such activities are punished by law, but it is a long way until you will get your revenge. As in any other disease, prevention must be your main target.
Ways to preserve your safety on social networks
First of all, you should not access all those suspect ads and links that promise you all kinds of stuff.
You should make sure that your passwords are strong enough. Very good advice from this point of view will be to have different passwords for each platform used.
You should access the security and privacy settings offered by the social network and choose what suits you best.
As in life, you should be more selective with your virtual friends. Your account should be visualized only by people that you know. This could be a bit difficult when you intend to promote your business but it is not impossible.
A personal advice will be to never share personal info about yourself. In case you don’t want to do that, at least you should select who could see that info.