Emerging reports indicate several facebook accounts have been compromised by unknown individuals with no clear agenda. Over the past couple of days, facebook users have been exposed to generally inappropriate content ranging from graphics to video clips depicting violent scenes, adult material and or virus links supposedly posted by their friends. Since the problem was reported a few days back, it has escalated dramatically to affect overwhelming accounts where users are seeing inappropriate content on their news feed of which they supposedly liked and or their friends are also complaining of receiving overwhelming requests to click on links to videos sending out spam messages and tagged photos making people believe they are in the link. This kind of scenario is familiar among facebook users; however, it has escalated dramatically to the point of appearing as if it was planned.
- Change your facebook password: to maintain the effectiveness of password security, users are required to change their passwords often. Passwords can be compromised through some phising scams especially on facebook look alike websites that often request users to log in using their facebook details. Apparently, their main target is to get your password, this is the most common scam to date and many users are still falling victims. Consider also revising your password for other services.
- Remove unauthorized facebook applications: for those who have had facebook accounts for along time are familiar with many rogue applications. Applications generally require certain permissions to your account which can be modified later or may not. Rogue applications may be installed accidentally or users tricked into installing them. The bet cure in this case is to remove all facebook applications that you may deem suspicious.
- Use security software and run a virus scan. Malware programs such as keylogger, Trojan or other virus can compromise your facebook account. Its advisable to use programs such as Microsoft security essentials, malwarebytes, avira and avast or sophor for mac users to remove viruses