Unfortunately, for our customers, we see dozens of computers every year that were infected when they unsuspectingly clicked on a link while using Facebook.
I've been telling our customers for years, "Have you heard the saying, curiosity killed the cat"? Well, it's true. Don't click on links just because you're curious, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Ultimately, we are responsible for infecting our computers because we're the person clicking on a potential threat. And, don't be fooled to think that antivirus software will protect you, even if you've spent $100.00 or more on it. The simple truth is, it won't. As far as the antivirus software is concerned, you said it was okay to click on a link or download a file.
The best way to protect yourself, is to know where the threats come from when using Facebook.
There's a terrific article on MakeUseOf by Kihara Kimachia.
He'll show you 5 places on Facebook where potential danger can lurk and how to avoid them.
Do you remember how life was without Facebook? Probably not. The site has pervaded our lives and it is no surprise that Facebook is now prime hunting ground for anyone with nefarious intentions. -Kihara Kimachia
I like social media but I was never that addicted to it that I felt compelled to know everything that was going on in everyone's lives. No, that doesn't mean that I didn't care, it merely implies that there are more productive ways to spend your time.
I created a Facebook account in February 2006 but I haven't logged-in since March 10, 2010 (they haven't deleted in spite of my long absence). And, surprisingly, I'm still able to breathe and function in my day-to-day life. I found things to do long before Facebook was known, heck... before the internet was available.
I found a good article by Audra Rundle in The Huffington Post regarding her journey away from Facebook.
Two months ago, I was sitting in front of my computer one evening when I finally lifted my eyes away from the screen. I had logged onto Facebook to space out and relax 'for a few minutes', yet somehow nearly 20 had already passed. I looked over at my husband cooking and listening to music in the kitchen, and all I could think was, "I could have been talking with him these past 20 minutes." Instead, I'd spent that time 'catching up' with real-life strangers and fulfilling self-imposed social obligations. -Audra Rundle
Can you relate to any of the signs mentioned in the video or is someone that you know entranced by Facebook's hypnotic spell (eg: spouse)?
How many of them pertain to me? I can honestly answer, none. I haven't logged-in to my Facebook account since March 10, 2010.
Do you really want Facebook to share your browsing history with advertisers? I for one, do not wish to share anything with Facebook, nor do I feel compelled to use it.
If you want to learn how to stop them from selling your browsing information to advertisers, read Angela's article.
Jennifer Golbeck studies how people use social media. She explains what clicking on those not-so-innocent buttons are actually telling Facebook about yourself.
VPN = Private Internet Access (PIA)
I've used several different VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) over the years, but ever since I started using Private Internet Access in January 2013... I've never looked back.
Of course there are many other features that are useful but you can read through those on Private Internet Access' website.
Unsecured Public WiFi Connections
Whether you travel a lot or just prefer using public WiFi, you should definitely consider using Private Internet Access to secure your connection.
Who should consider adding strong public WiFi security encryption layers to protect your privacy and data?
That's an excellent question and the short answer is, "YOU".
Do you perform any of the following activities while using an unsecured public WiFi access point (eg: cafe, library, bookstore, airport or hotel)?
If you answered, "Yes" to one or more of above then you should sign-up without further delay to enjoy all the same benefits that I do.
Low Cost Peace Of Mind For 5 Devices
I recommend paying for the $39.95 yearly subscription because then you'll receive the lowest price possible.
Now, if you take the $3.33/month cost a step further and divide that by 5 devices, it's a mere $0.67/device each month.
If you're not 100% convinced, then sign-up for a month initially ($6.95). You can always pay the yearly subscription after your 30 day test drive.
Computer Settings Once PIA is Installed
Smartphone App Settings
Watching Netflix With PIA App Loaded via 4GLTE
It protects my privacy in 2 ways:
- Stops nearby prying eyes who may be using spy software to intercept login information.
- Prevents Netflix from tracking my actual location through their app.
This is just one example of why posting too much information on Facebook is a bad idea.
Some users have posted their phone numbers, leaving them vulnerable to SMS scams.
Always keep privacy settings to 'friends only' if you don't want to broadcast what you post to the world.
Wasil Dhingra doesn't set his Facebook settings to 'private' or 'friends only.' So, it's not hard to find his phone number.
I don't know about you, but that's completely unacceptable to me.
Don't despair, you can stop it from happening by reading Thorin's article on LifeHacker.
As we mentioned, the way this data collection works is that it compares your online data with offline shopping habits. So, the easiest solution to keep it from happening? Don't use the same phone number or email address on your Facebook account as you do when you sign up for loyalty or discount cards. -Thorin Klosowski
Guess what... it's not.
It may be convenient to catch up with all of your family and friend's activities, but Facebook doesn't really care about your privacy. In fact, they're getting better at concealing their agenda to delve deeper into your personal data.
Before you shrug your shoulders and dismiss how they track everything you do on the web, you should take a few minutes to educate yourself (you'll learn how to stop it as well).
Essentially, by using these apps, just reading an article, listening to a song, or watching a video, you're sending information to Facebook which can then be automatically shared with your friends or added to your profile, and Facebook doesn't ask for your permission to do it. -Alan Henry
The video below shows you how to disable the facial recognition feature.
Facebook has slowly introduced a new facial recognition feature that finds pictures with your face and suggests to your friends that they tag you in it. If you'd rather this feature be turned off, here's how to disable it. -Whitson Gordon
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