Recently (as you may or may not have seen) the Facebook news feeds have become filled with pornographic images, dead animals, and other disturbing images.
Although phishing spam (links that entice you with catchy headlines and photos) are nothing new, the rate at which they are increasing has been making headlines this week.
In talking with schools today, we’ve heard everything from “is Facebook getting hacked” to questions about if users would abandon Facebook if this continues.
Below are a few tips for you or your school to stop the spreading of these malicious links.
Tips for your School
1. Check your Facebook page a few more times than usual to delete/report spammy links.
2. Because Facebook Pages allow anyone to comment, it increases the chances of bots and other hooligans posting spam on your walls. All I can say here is, double up on #1.
3. Send out an update either from your school or a trusted source to explain the importance of not clicking on any link, ESPECIALLY if it promises to reveal the secrets to Kim Kardashian’s wedding.
But with all seriousness the obvious take away here is:
Be careful what you click.
Although it may seem like common sense, common sense isn’t so common. Many headlines discuss how “Facebook is being hacked” however these are misleading reports as phishing spam has been around for quite sometime.
Earlier today I was commenting on Joe Sabado’s blog on the importance of teaching digital literacy to young people. Facebook spam on your page is more than likely coming from your students. In an age when everyone has a voice, and every link can spread through the world within seconds, it’s important we take another look at our newly wielded power and use it wisely.
I’ll save my digital literacy rant for another post, but in the meantime have you seen an increase in spam on your school page or personal news feed?
Let us know how you’re handling the situation below and remember, you are what you tweet.