See a warning about a Facebook virus, in ALL CAPS? Just ignore it.
This was the advice of a security researcher following a recent wave of Facebook “warning messages,” in ALL CAPS.
“Everyone needs to learn to stop taking things at face value, and be a little more critical. . . Anyone who passes on a scare such as the one above is really wasting the time of all of their online friends, and runs the risk of looking a bit of a dork for not doing their homework,” researcher Graham Cluley said.
He said the recent instances include messages about a photo of a girl with a disfigured face, or a video that says the recipient appears in it.
Other messages include videos or pictures of a girl who commits suicide, videos that “come and say ‘FX’” and pages that offer to tell who has visited one’s Facebook profile.
“Unfortunately, although there are some elements in the warning that echo scams and attacks seen spreading across Facebook in the past, the advisory is misleading, alarmist and not terribly useful advice,” Cluley said.
He also said such a blanket warning about avoiding videos isn’t helpful.
“Although you could be taken to a third-party webpage that hosts malware, a video or photo hosted by Facebook itself isn’t going to cause any problems for your computer. And if there was a malicious attack, the criminals behind it could change the nature of the photo or video or message at anytime – making it unhelpful to simply create a list of what to keep an eye open form,” he added.
“Yes, of course, Facebook users should be careful about the links that they click on (particularly if they lead them to third-party sites), and which Facebook apps they install onto their account, but many Facebook users are far too willing to pass on warnings without checking their facts with a reputable source,” he added. – KDM, GMA News