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Free app checks Facebook for 'likejacking' dangers

The results of my first Facebook scan using Norton's Safe Web was a clean bill of health; I was urged to enable Norton Auto-Scan on a regular basis.
The results of my first Facebook scan using Norton's Safe Web was a clean bill of health; I was urged to enable Norton Auto-Scan on a regular basis.

Scams and come-ons on Facebook abound, especially if you're not paying close attention to what you're clicking on in your feeds — often stuff other Facebook friends have posted without realizing repercussions.

A new, free app for Facebook, Norton Safe Web, from Symantec, will scan your Facebook info, checking for unsafe links inside and outside the social networking site, and for videos that could be the source of "likejacking" attacks.

"Likejacking," Symantec says, is for example "where clicking will result in users 'liking' the video and posting it to their own wall. Worse than being embarrassing and annoying, likejacking could even be used by cyberscammers to infect PCs or steal identities."

A nice bonus of the app: "Each time Norton Safe Web for Facebook scans the news feed, likejacking detections are displayed as part of the scan report and posted to the user’s wall so their friends are warned against clicking on the link," Symantec says.

The number of likejacking attacks varies, but based on an Aug. 2 analysis done by Norton, a sample of 3.5 million Facebook posts with videos found that 15 percent were likejacking attempts.

If you're feeling like you want to pay extra attention to daily cyber crime goings-on, you can also check out Norton's Cyber Crime Index page on Facebook. The message there now is one worth heeding this week, when it comes to likejacking or phishing or frauds: "Keep an eye out for scams surrounding the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Be careful with links in unexpected messages."

— Via AllFacebook

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