Facebook Scam – INCREDIBLE This girl is rapped in the school buss


This is just gross! (the idea of it, not the video, as there isn’t one)

This scam is exactly the same as the last one I posted about, girl leaves her cam on – why anyone would click this link is beyond me.  Although the picture is of a naked woman maybe people assume its just porn, however it does warn you of disturbing content.

Seen on Facebook today

I’m not sure if its spelt wrong on purpose – trying to do teen speak – or if its the bad spellers from the last few similar scams.

Obviously you know by now you aren’t going to see a video – you will be asked if you are over 13 to play the video and then you will post the message above to all of your facebook friends so they can see that you liked this!

Survey Scam

Then it will load up a survey scam …. this is the reason for the scam, they scammers want you to complete the survey because this is how they get paid.

Do not to the survey, even just for a laugh, and certainly don’t download anything it asks you too, as this will be a virus or malware.

What to do if you did click this scam video…

remove the posts – and tell your friends it is fake – scan you computer if you did the survey.

Report the link!

One day people will learn and stop clicking these things.

In the meantime – hope this helps 🙂

How to protect your PC and remove spyware, malware for FREE

With so much malicious software around at the moment that is getting better at tricking us into opening a page, an email or clicking at link,  we all need to make sure that we are protecting ourselves and our computers, laptops and tablets the best we can.

This can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be, there are many  free programs around to download which work perfectly well but you have to be careful where you download them from as some of the links on the net can contain nasties themselves, (so I’ve included some good links for you).  Then there are the evil pop ups that you have a virus and to use their scanner, normally what  happens is you use it and they tell you you have to pay to remove it. Now you are infected and also if you put your card details in, they have your information as well.

Free software, utilities and tools to protect your system from malware or to find the infection or virus or worm, and to help you remove it. I have most of these and they work well.

You must use protection.

First there is the wall of protection, the Firewall!

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall – This is what I use now after trying both Norton and McAfee – this one just seems to suit my system better. I like the interface, its easy to use – if you need to change settings and allow certain programs or networks, popping up warnings along the way.

Antivirus Software

AVG Free Previously I used this and it kept me safe from harm. Its a free Anti-virus software, that has basic protection for surfing, searching and social networking. It does ask you now and then if you want to upgrade to the paid version but you just say no, if you are happy with free.

Microsoft Security Essentials This is arrived at the end of last year and has had many million downloads, and has good reviews, its the one I’d be thinking of changing over to. Its nice to get something free from Microsoft for a change. After all they can afford it, or maybe not so much now they have purchased Skype for 5 billion pounds.

To complete your protection, the following will delete or fix an malicious software that has been missed by your anti-virus program.

Why do you need this as well? – because sadly most or even all antivirus software doesn’t detect spyware or doesn’t always remove everything.

Spybot Search & Destroy – This rocks, its found many a problem for me. It searches your whole computer, or you can choose a file or folder to scan. After the scan you can choose which items to fix or just fix all.

Ad-Aware Free – A brilliant free real time anti-virus and spyware removal software.

SpywareBlaster – Prevents spyware and adware from infiltrating your system you can run this at the same time as Avg and Ad-ware.

Cleanup – If you are still using Internet Explorer and its running slow of you think you have a problem then this is a cool tool which cleans temporary files from IE and Windows, empties the recycle bin plus much  more. (Please read the instructions)

HiJack This – This is a little bit more confusing but its very useful to have. If all else fails and you still have a persistent pest camping out in your system, you can use it to generate a scan that shows browser helper objects and certain types of registry keys. You might use this to post on an forum such at PC-PALS for a techie to help or look them up on the web to see if the entry was suspicious.

You may need to run a scan in Safe mode to remove some particularly bad boys.  (Sometimes even system restore needs to be turned off).  However there is usually no need to panic they can be removed.

Also always remember to get your system updates, this is important as they sometimes have fixes on them.

To check for updates

Click Start – All Programs – Windows Update.

 

Hope this helps!

 

 

Fake FBI messages circulating – Contains Malware.

We first saw this exact e-mail years ago from the FBI or CIA saying that they have logged your IP address on 40 illegal Websites, and it seems to be back in force again.

It used to contain a virus called Sober, but now it seems to contain malware in the style of a zip file that pretends its a virus to get at your credit card details. The hackers are just trying to scare (scare-ware) you into opening the file.

The Spam email looks like this.

.gov email address usually with lots of numbers….

Subject: You visit illegal websites
Message: We  have logged your IP Adress on more than 40 illegal websites
Please answer our questions on the form attached.
Attachment: document.zip

The FBI are often having their name used in cyber attacks  via email scams – malware attacks and even telephone scams.

There is another one also doing the rounds at the moment regarding  Osama bin Laden, claiming it contains photos or videos of course it doesn’t; it probably contains a virus or malicious software likely to take over your computer, and steal personal data.

This is not only as email but might be seen on Facebook as a post – Don’t click it!

If you EVER see any pop ups on your screen saying “you have a virus, we can get rid of it, just pay now”. Do not click, certainly don’t pay – if you are worried run your own anti-virus to see if you have any unwanted evils.

If you receive one of these emails, delete it –  don’t click on the links and all will be fine.

Hope this helps

Minx picture from http://www.magazine13.com/

 

who is looking at your Twitter profile

No one can tell you who is looking at your Twitter profile!

who is looking at your Twitter profile

Here we go again – There have been a huge number of spam tweets going out proclaiming to show you who is looking at your twitter profile. These tweets are just spam, they are just having a good laugh at our expense and probably getting hold of some of your information.

You want to know – who is looking at your Twitter profile?

No one can show you this information, as explained here.

Here’s mine,

The tweet that is being sent out says that you can see how many profile viewers you have on twitter – then you have to click the link to find out who.

@michelledh You currently have

[78] profile viewers today see who they are at – tinyurl.com/4y6p2488 minutes ago via web in reply to michelledh

They all have the same tinyurl/4y6p248

They now changed the wording slightly – same url.

MirianRoller@RK1960 OMG! See who came to your Twitter profile – tinyurl.com/4y6p248

Obviously, I haven’t clicked through to see what it is, but what I can tell you that is not going to show you who is looking at your Twitter profile page.  It’s probably going to ask you to allow it access and then retweet this tweet to all of your friends. And have access to your other information.

So, don’t click it.

If you have clicked it – change your password and revoke API access right away.

Settings – connections – and look for the spammers name – revoke access.

Hopefully @TinyURL will be able to disable this link immediately.

In the meantime, if you see this tweet, report it.  And or tell your friends to revoke access.

Sorry to go on, but  people are allowing this to be a virus by fuelling it with a click.  I guess they catch us out when they pretend they are going to supply us with information that we want or need, this time its – who is looking at your Twitter profile

Hope this helps

Photo credit – http://paulandlindagaume.com

When is Facebook not Facebook – when its FaceBook

 

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to reading my blog, there is another Facebook warning.

Doing the rounds at the moment is an email that appears to come from Facebook that looks like this…

 

Dear user of FaceBook.

Your password is not safe!
To secure your account the password has been changed automatically.
Attached document contains a new password to your account and detailed information about new security measures.

Thank you for attention,
Your Facebook

If Facebook were to contact you they would use your user name, they would write their name correctly and they would not send you an attachment.

More worrying however, is this one that I received today – it looks very real indeed.  Note the link at the top; lots of numbers, that looks fake – but all of the links look real. “Sorry that you’ve been having trouble logging into your Facebook account”  I wasn’t have trouble logging in. So I just tried again via Facebook.com and it logged in right away, so you can safely assume that this is another scam to get our Facebook details.

If you get an email like this just try logging in to Facebook and I’m sure it will work.  Delete the email.

What Facebook say about fake emails

For more detailed information about the first email scam see the Sophos site.

I’m thinking they should change the name to Facescam…

Hope this helps 🙂

Spotify hit by a virus attack

Digital music service Spotify (free version)  has been attacked by malware.

It came via malicious third-party adverts so Spotify have removed ads for now, until they sort it out.

Twitter users are still complaining to @Spotify about this; It would appear that it is proving very difficult to locate the source of the malware and Spotify are asking twitter users to help, they are asking what ads caused the problems. The twitter community are trying to assist with one twitter posting screen prints to Spotify, another person offered run tests for them.

@ Spotify on twitter said – We’re still investigating but we take this very seriously and will take every step possible to ensure it doesn’t occur again.

One website has reported that AVG software has identified one of the malicious payloads as Trojan horse Generic_r.FZ.

According to Sophos this comes at the same time as another malicious ad on Facebook, asking you to install Adobe Flash player, which is when you get the malware.  Apparently this  has now been taken care of by Facebook.

Let this be a reminder to us that we must regularly scan our system for malware, you never know where it might appear next.

Hope this helps

 

How to change your settings to use HTTPS on Twitter – its safer.

I recently explained how to change your settings on Facebook to HTTPS since they added the option due to a hacking indecent, and now finally Twitter has actually added this option for users to always use HTTPS.


When a user connects to a website via HTTPS, the website encrypts the session with a digital certificate. A user can tell if they are connected to a secure website if the website URL begins with https:// instead of http://


HTTPS helps to protect your password from being stolen, especially if you are using a public WiFi network


When using Twitter.com we could always use HTTPS but had to manually type it in, there is now a box for you to tick in settings to make sure that you always use the more secure HTTPS.


Twitter also uses HTTPS as a default on its log-in page so that users’ credentials are encrypted. Its official iPhone and iPad applications also have HTTPS as their default setting.


If you are using a 3rd Party app you need to check if your have settings on there so that you can sign in using HTTPS


To Change your settings on Twitter.com


Click Settings
Scroll down
Tick the box marked HTTPS Only
Click SAVE



Confirm your password – and its done,  you will now be on an encrypted secure connection.
Hope this helps