Symantec

Facebook phishing attacks are on the rise, as observed by Symantec, whereby users are lured to log in their usernames and passwords on fake “Facebook” sites via phishing emails. Here are some measures as advised by the software giant.

Phishing attackers will send a message to a victim’s Facebook ‘inbox’, as well as an email notification with the subject ‘Hello’ or ‘Hi’. The email appears to have come from the victim’s friend and includes text asking the user to visit a malicious and fake Facebook login page, where the attacker will then steal the user’s login credentials to launch future attacks.

Symantec advises the following:

- Always maintain a level of caution around any messages from within a website or that appear to be sent by a website. When clicking on a link, double-check the actual domain that is shown at the top of the page. It’s best practice to type the direct Web address directly into your address bar rather than rely upon links from a message.

- Use complex passwords and unique ones for each site. A few suggestions:

· Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers.
· Make sure your passwords are at least eight characters long. The more characters your passwords contain, the more difficult they are to guess
· Try to make your passwords as meaningless and random as possible
· Use different passwords for each account
· Change your passwords regularly. Set up a routine, changing your passwords the first of each month or every other payday
· Never write your passwords down, and never give them out to anyone
· Don’t use names or numbers associated with you, such as a birth date or nickname
· Don’t use your user name or login name in any form
· Don’t use a derivative of your name, the name of a family member, or the name of a pet
· Avoid using a solitary word in any language
· Don’t use the word password
· Avoid using easily·obtained personal information. This includes license plate numbers, telephone numbers, identity card numbers, your car’s make or model, your street address, etc.
· Don’t answer yes when prompted to save your password to a particular computer. Instead, rely on a strong password committed to memory or stored in a dependable password management program

- Maintain an up-to-date browser and operating system. Use security software, such as Norton Internet Security 2009. Check out web safety services such as Norton Safe Web where a community of web users collaborate to report dangerous phishing and malware sites.

- Double check you’ve arrived at your destination. When clicking over to Facebook (or any site) make a habit of looking at what appears in the address line. You might not always be able to spot a fake site but in the case of this particular scam, it’s obviously not http://www.facebook.com/.

- Be suspicious of requests to enter your account name and password.