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Scan Your Facebook Feed for Bad Links with Norton's New Tool - This 8-Bit Life

Leland Flynn

Earlier today computer security software company, Norton released a Facebook App that helps you protect your online profile! You can get to the app from THIS link. Once there you have to give it permissions to read/write to your feed so that it can scan everything directed at your account. From there is looks at links and any files that are in your feed from the last 24 hours and scans them against signatures for malicious software, presumably known exploits, and known phishing sites. If it finds anything it will alert you, armed with that knowledge you can hopefully have a safer Facebook experience.

Norton had this to say in their release:

Who hasn’t been tempted to click on an enticing video posted to a friend’s Facebook wall, along with an eye-catching tag line such as, “WOW YOU’LL NEVER BELIEVE THIS”? The allure is undeniable, but often, these video clips are actually “likejacking” attacks, where clicking will result in users “liking” the video and posting it to their own wall. Worse than being embarrassing and annoying, likejacking could even be used by cyberscammers to infect PCs or steal identities. The volume of likejacking attacks varies from day to day. Based on Norton’s analysis of a sample of 3.5 million posts with videos on August 2, up to 15 percent of unique posts were identified as likejacking attacks.

I haven’t heard any word on whether we might see something like this for Google+ or Twitter just yet but I could certainly see it being useful. On a side note, Norton also released their “Cybercrime Index” for Facebook as well. It is apparently meant to represent an indexed data set of known Cybercrimes based on day. So in theory one should be able to look at their index and gauge the current “Cyber” threat level. This seems a bit odd to me but then I am also unfamiliar with what data sets they are using to derive this index from. If you’d like to check it out just follow THIS link.

I’d like to know what you guys think about this. Does it seem useful? Would you feel safer about your Facebook browsing while using a tool like this? And is the “Cybercrime Index” valid? Let me know in the comments!

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