Eliminating Facebook Spam

Aptly named the information generation, most people today use the internet for everything. We have access to loads of information on the internet, blogs, and cell phones and this means that we are always connected. We can always find out information about many different things, and most of the time we don't even have to leave the house to do so.

Facebook is one of the largest and fasted growing sources for information. Facebook is a haven for most people providing the ability to connect with far away family, old and lost friends, and marketing and contacting colleagues. Facebook is there to support the progression of communication to its fullest. However, Facebook forgets to mention prior to signing up that they have a serious problem with spam.

For anyone who has Facebook you are fully aware of the odd emails you get in your inbox reporting "OMG, your on candid camera," and then sending you a suspicious link to check it out. Maybe it is an invite from a Facebook friend to an application. Or perhaps you get the occasional comments with links on them to check yourself in a "naked" or otherwise compromising photo or video. Yes, this is the spam feeders at their best, and at times we can be enticed to click on the links and see where they go.

Spam Takes Many Forms

There are lots of different types of spam and one of the most worrying is the spam on social networking sites such as FaceBook. We are now all expecting to receive spam in our email inbox, however few people expect to receive any spam on their facebook account.

To counter spam, Facebook offers a spam resource counter on their websites security page, saying "reset password immediately," "contact our user operations team," "run a virus check on your computer," and to contact friend's if you received spam from them. Gee, thanks Facebook, but being able to delete all of the messages would be a fantastic help.

To keep yourself safe, erase any emails from people you don't know without opening them and definitely do not be tempted to click on unknown links.

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