Social network sites have changed the web. Facebook is one of the social network leading the charge. Hundreds of people joining in this social network to reconnect with old friends and make new friends every day.
Facebook is acting like an operating system and provides the foundation for smaller applications. It agrees to create small programs called apps for application developers by using it as platform and helping people make connections with each other. Building an app will be challenging and time consuming. Facebook gives developers an inbuilt audience for their work and also helps developers spread their work.
Some developers develop application just have to create a fun for people while some of the users develop their programs for marketing strategy. A few create and develop applications to create targeted advertising and others are taking advantage of Facebook to create mischievous programs or run scams to fraud users. How will you avoid these scams and what will you do if you are targeted?
Facebook apps comes with hundreds of examples in each category. Each app in Facebook requires you to accept the user agreement and install the app. You should pay attention to some of the apps.
Facebook’s privacy and policy is built on two principles:
- Users must have full control over their personal data and they must be able to access the data other users like to share [source:Facebook].
- Facebook users will select information which remains private and before you choose to join it into your profile do a little research about the app.
There are numerous signs that will generally clue in to a scam. If an app attempts to take you to a new page and displays pop-up messages to download or install other application it is nothing but a potential sign of malware. Installing these applications may pollute your computer with a virus.
If one of your friends will targeted to a con and you are receiving messages from him/her. Then you will send a message to your friend to confirm that it is a real link or not. There are some ways scammers trick people into sharing:
They request to the targeted person egotism with a message that suggests the victim can be seen in a funny way at a certain Web site. The link to the web site actually clues the targeted person to downloading virus.
They make potentials of get rich quick schemes.
They tempt the targeted person into sharing a credit card number, then commit credit-card fraud.
There are small number of things you will do, if you are the targeted person of a scam. Change your password to a bit hard to guess, for example use a string of distinct characters is best. Use different passwords for multiple accounts. You will also report to Facebook through the Help Center. You can report identity theft or financial scams to other agencies as well. This includes:
- FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
- FTC (Federal Trade Commission)
- IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center)
Facebook will help you stay in touch with friends and also a powerful social networking site on the other side of the world. There are lots useful applications on Facebook. Think twice before you install an app and with little caution, you can enjoy the best Facebook.