Facebook is actively removing offensive images from their most recent outbreak of hacks and infections. While they continue to clean up the mess and damage, users are left wondering what they can do to prevent or fix the problem themselves.
The best practice for preventing these kinds of infections and hacks is to have better habits when clicking links on Facebook. You need to first and foremost, only click links from trusted sources. For example, as a fan of the GeekITDown Facebook Page you know we are a safe environment that you’ve chosen to like, so our links are safe to click. Other examples can range from brands like Coca-Cola to NHL fan pages. If you don’t recognize the page a link is coming from, then don’t click it.
Secondly, don’t click links that promise you unbelievable things. Those “things” can be anything, but are usually targeted towards profile views or unreal videos. Be smart about what you click, if something says, “you won’t believe this”, then ignore it and move on.
Infected, Now What?
If you do become a victim of a hack or infection, the first thing to do is change your password immediately. Make it a strong secure password. In simplest terms, make sure the password is at least 12 characters long with a combination of both upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special symbols. Don’t use whole words or sequences of numbers.
The next thing to do is verify that all the apps associated with your account are what you want.
- Click on the arrow in the upper right hand corner of your Facebook page.
- Click ‘Account Settings’.
- Click ‘Apps’ on the left hand side.
- Review the apps and click the ‘x’ next to each one you want removed.
Lastly, if your computer system has become compromised beyond your Facebook account, then get help quickly. Use our Online Service if possible to save yourself some money or get a local Tech to scour the system for you.
There’s no foolproof way to avoid these types of Facebook problems, but those tips should get you on the right track.
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