Category: Social Media Buzz

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BitDefender just launched a Beta test of Safego on Facebook.  Safego is designed to be used on various social networks.

Safego checks the user’s privacy levels and identifies personal information that’s visible to strangers. It also scans the user’s wall, message inbox and comments for malicious links and compromised shared content like videos and pictures.

“It’s clear that a large number of people don’t understand how much personal information they’re sharing with the world. The BitDefender safego app makes it easy to identify what’s shared and make the necessary changes,” said Catalin Cosoi, Head of the BitDefender Online Threats Lab.  “Additionally, we’ve seen an increasing number of attacks targeted at the 500 million users of Facebook. Using our superior malware detection, the BitDefender safego app helps protect users from malicious links and other threats that spread through messages, wall posts and videos. ”

From Safego:

Safego interface on my Facebook acount

Safego interface on my Facebook acount. Click for larger image.

Posts on your wall, comments from friends, Inbox messages: sharing’s the name, having fun is the game. Well, at least until an infected link or a ton of spam steps in to spoil it.

Using in-the-cloud scanning, BitDefender safego keeps your social networking account safe so that you and your PC don’t get into e-trouble. An efficient BitDefender spam repellent also helps keep your message flow free from this kind of blah-blah.

And that’s not all. With BitDefender safego you get a privacy rating that tells you whether you’re an easy prey on the personal data theft front as well.

Check out Safego on Facebook

Until next time 😉

Peter – Your BitDefender Guide

Social Network Scam

Social Network Scam LinkedinThe Social network LinkedIn is being used by online fraudsters, BitDefender Antivirus experts warned today.

BitDefender stated that LinkedIn users are receiving emails requesting invitations to be added to other users’ social networks.

Users are more inclined to believe these emails as they come through official channels.

The scammers are using fake profiles on LinkedIn. When connection is made, fraudsters try to get LinkedIn users to articipate in advanced fee fund scam commonly known as the Nigerian 419 fraud.

The Nigerian 419 Fraud (Wikipedia):

The 419 scam originated in the early 1980s as the oil-based economy of Nigeria declined. Several unemployed university students first used this scam as a means of manipulating business visitors interested in shady deals in the Nigerian oil sector before targeting businessmen in the west, and later the wider population. Scammers in the early-to-mid 1990s targeted companies, sending scam messages via letter, fax, or Telex.

The spread of email and easy access to email-harvesting software made the cost of sending scam letters through the Internet inexpensive. In the 2000s, the 419 scam has spurred imitations from other locations in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

Bogdan Dumitru, chief technology officer at BitDefender said: “This new twist to the old 419 scheme is more dangerous as there is an increased chance for network users to fall for the scam since they use it to build up their businesses or careers and thus tend to grant it some implicit trust.”

Dumitru noted that many sites, such as LinkedIn, are not able to verify the identity of those who join.

BitDefender also claimed that other social networking sites are likely to be used by fraudsters for similar scams.

Until next time 🙂

Malcolm – Your Bitdefender Guide