This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
CNET News Video: Protecting yourself from Facebook malware
About Video Transcript

CNET News Video: Protecting yourself from Facebook malware

1:34 /

Forget e-mail spam -- that's old school. Now there are spammy messages propagating through your social networks. CNET's Sumi Das has more details on how to prevent yourself from falling victim to socware.

-It's hard to hide from hackers. Recently, researchers at UC Riverside found that Facebook with its billion users has become a popular way to spread spam and other malware. The team studied the Facebook pages of 12,000 users for 4 months. -Almost half of them when exposed to at least 1 software as what we call it, which is short for social malware. -The viral nature of social networks makes them especially vulnerable. -And if your friend says, "Hey, there's a cool deal out there for a free iPad", you're much more likely to believe it. -To help protect users, the researchers created MyPageKeeper, an app that identifies malicious links or ads posted on profiles. And there are more ways to keep hackers at bay. Pay attention to how posts are worded. -Most stamp posts seem to contain these typical kinds of keywords like wow, free, deal, omg, and so on because at the end of the day, they need to attract the user's attention. -Another red flag? Free offers. -The first thing they do is okay, you're going to get a free iPad and fill out this form. They even ask for your credit card details. So, many others are just a front for identity theft. -And as always, when it comes to links, think before you click. It could help you avoid all that social spam, something your friends will like. In San Francisco, I'm Sumi Das, cnet.com for CBS News.

New releases

DeLorean DMC 12: Still awesome,...
13:18 October 20, 2014
The DeLorean DMC is one of the most iconic cars of the 20th century. XCAR got behind the wheel and charts...
Play video
Netbooks: What were we thinkin...
4:00 October 20, 2014
These often-ridiculed, low-powered laptops were crushed by the iPad, but had an important part to play in...
Play video
This umbrella shoots air to keep...
5:41 October 17, 2014
This week on Crave, we get a look at the Air Umbrella, which takes a highly unusual approach to keeping you...
Play video
Apple's iPad Air 2 and iMac 5K...
5:02 October 17, 2014
Apple makes solid upgrades across their product line at their iPad and Mac event, but it's pretty clear they...
Play video
Pricey Sylvania LED not the brightest...
1:37 October 17, 2014
Look further than this expensive bulb if you want a high-lumen LED.
Play video
The 404 Show 1,567: Teens deal...
45:07 October 17, 2014
It's a super clean show today! We'll talk about the real life social implications of "FOMO," interesting data...
Play video
Apple SIM could mean big changes...
2:55 October 17, 2014
Apple's new iPads make it easy to switch carriers, Will.i.am debuts his version of a smartwatch, and CBS joins...
Play video
Best selfie phones
2:54 October 17, 2014
For the unabashedly narcissistic, five phone for selfie pros.
Play video