There’s nothing like getting a virus to spoil your holiday fun, even if it’s a virtual virus.
So when you use social media to buzz your stories, you want to make sure there are no nasty surprises lurking on your Facebook or Twitter pages that can damage your computer or expose your personal information. Just as clicking on infected links in email can set loose malware that can do all sorts of mischief on your computer, so can clicking on infected links on Twitter or Facebook.
And we’re much more likely to click on bad links on social media, according to BitDefender, an online security company. In a survey conducted by that company, 97 percent of people click on links in social media without checking them for malware. In many cases, malware is hidden through link shorteners such as bit.ly.com and similar services. While there is nothing wrong with the services per se, shortened URLs can hide the true nature of links so that the bad guys can introduce nastiness onto your computer without your knowledge.
So what’s a sitting duck to do?
Well, as it just so happens, BitDefender makes a free application that you can install on your Facebook page that automatically checks the links to make sure that you are not at risk for the evil-doers. It not only checks all the links currently residing there, but will check all the new ones from now on, and you don’t have to do anything after the one-time activation. It’s called BitDefender safego, and with a couple of clicks, you’re set.
Afterwards, this application will let you know when a malicious link shows up and you can either delete it or have it deported, depending on your political persuasion, and you can go back to having yourself a merry little Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa!
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