The Butterfly botnet that invaded Facebook this year infected over 11 million pcs and made over $850 million. Fortunately it was eventually shut down and arrests were made. Infections could be spread thanks to a message going out from a “friend” with a link to click on. Trusting that friend can greatly hard your computer. There are 3 simple things you can do to keep your computer and personal data safe.
1. Make sure you know your “friends”. Use discrimination in choosing your social network contacts. This will help minimize your exposure to threats.
2. Use caution! Just as you’ve become guarded about opening e-mails from suspicious senders, you need to use the same common sense with social networking. Do not open attachments or follow links in messages unless you know what it is. A message to you out of the blue and lacking context should immediately raise some red flags.
3. Protect your computer. Make sure you have up to date anti-virus software running. Be sure to update your Windows operating system as well as any other legitimate software that offers security patches or updates.