Since Monday Facebook has been under siege by some violent and abusive imagery. The technicians behind Facebook have been struggling with how to cope with it and keep ahead of the hackers who have been spreading it. All of this may leave you with wondering what you can do? How can you avoid falling victim to the numerous spam links and avoid getting your account hacked? Don’t click on links if you’re not sure you know what they do. The regular Facebook interface is safe, of course, and so are any Facebook apps you’ve already installed. What you have to do is discern what is the regular Facebook and what isn’t. Avoid any links that are similar to the following:

  1. Links that read “check out how many people viewed your profile.”
  2. Promise to show you something that you just won’t believe.
  3. Similar to #2 links that promise to shock you about a particular star (Miley Cyrus, Justin Beiber, etc.).
What do you do if you did clock one of those links? First things first, change your password! Make it something secure while you’re at it. Finally, check what apps are installed in your account and remove all that you don’t recognize, don’t use, or know it’s a bad app. Where do you find all the installed apps you ask? Click on the down-facing arrow that’s located in the upper right corner of the page. Click on “Account Settings” on the drop down menu and then choose “Apps.”
In summary practice smart browsing, keep apps off your account that you don’t use, want, or know to be a bad idea. If you follow these steps you should be relatively safe on Facebook.