Facebook feeds infested with infected malware

Your Facebook feed could be a wretched hive of scum and villainy, with around 20 per cent of Facebook profiles containing malware.

Your Facebook feed could be a wretched hive of scum and villainy, filled with unscrupulous links waiting to ensnare you with a single click. The antivirus bods at BitDefender have found infected links in the news feeds of around a fifth of Facebook users.

BitDefender analysed 14,000 users who have installed the company's Safego security app, which launched last month. It found that around 20 per cent of 17 million analysed posts on the social network were infected.

The fact that these users have installed an app to tackle malware problems means they're probably more security-minded than less guarded users who click on anything left right and centre. That means the actual amount of malware could even be higher.

The fact Facebook links are shared by people you know means you're more inclined to trust them. Scammers know this all too well, targeting Facebook apps and hacking the Like button to 'likejack' your computer .

As always, the key to keeping a clean bill of health is to only click on links you absolutely trust. Take a second to think whether the language used in the post is the sort of thing your friend might say; be wary of links promising hot girls or LOL-worthy videos and the like. Unless your friends like sending you pictures of hot girls. Each to their own -- and perhaps good reason to cull some friends .

Have you ever been hacked, or plagued by malware? Share your stories in the comments or at CNET UK's official fan page. And remember: think before you click that link.

About the author

Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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