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[Warning] New Facebook Threat

Computer BugThere is a *new threat floating around Facebook.  It’s another one of those “See Who’s Viewing Your Profile” scams.  I’m not surprised so many people are dying to see who’s viewing their profile.

It’s such a common desire that the “bad guys” know they’ll be able to fool at least one person (well, clearly more) into falling for their trick.  This is akin to some scam artist trying to sell you something you don’t need.  Stop and think, “wait, is this REALLY going to show me who’s viewing my profile…and is it worth it?”  This is how you get viruses, get your personal information stolen, get your email hacked, etc.

This latest scam was around when MySpace was popular, so the actual tactic isn’t new.  The post that’s making its way through Facebook looks like this:

Facebook Stalker
Fake View My Profile Post | Click to Enlarge

Notice they’re using a URL shortening service (Bitly) to mask the true URL.  They’re trying to mask something from you, which should be the first clue.  If you’ll also notice this was posted via the Stalker-Viewer app.  Even ESET Nod32 Antivirus knew this was a potentially unwanted app and blocked it long before Facebook even knew about this rogue app:

ESET blocking rogue Facebook app
ESET blocking rogue Facebook app

ESET notifies that it has blocked the URL long before the website had a chance to harm your system:

ESET Nod32 blocking rogue Facebook app's site
ESET Nod32 blocking rogue Facebook app's site

The main thing to take from this article is that threats on Facebook are-a-plenty.  You want to use Facebook to help your consignment or resale store gain exposure.  Make sure you sit down and discuss this with your employees though.

No matter which antivirus or security software you have, there should never be a sense of “I can click whatever I want.”  Those that switched to Macs years ago because they thought they could do just that, are finding out the hard ware that malware exists on Mac OS and phishing/stealing login information can happen on ANY computing platform.

You wouldn’t send your friends into an unknown city and tell them to go walking down the back alleys in the middle of the night.  The same is true with the Internet.  You want to empower your employees with information so they can be informed while browsing the web.  Make sure you view our additional articles in our blog that discuss other Facebook threats, ESET, Malwarebytes and NoScript.

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Pro

Malwarebytes' LogoWe’ve utilized a variety of antivirus and anti-malware tools over the years.  ESET Nod32 Antivirus is the only antivirus product we recommend.  We’ve even given Avira, G-Data and Microsoft Security Essentials a shot, just to test the options on the market.  No antivirus software compares to ESET Nod32, especially for systems running hi-demand database applications such as consignment software.

Antivirus alone is no longer enough though.  Threats come in all shapes and sizes and “virus” no longer covers the gamut of threats out there.  Once a system is compromised, it can be very difficult to regain control over.  The most effective tool in regaining control over a compromised system, in our experience, is Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Pro.  Malwarebytes was released in 2008 and its free version is great at removing infections.  The paid Pro version runs in real-time, actively protecting your system against unwanted applications and threats.

Why do I need Malwarebytes?  I thought you only recommend ESET Nod32.

A few years ago, prior to Facebook being so widely utilized, viruses seemed to only show up by “obvious” methods.  e.g. An email with an attachment, a disc or external drive that is infected, etc.  That’s not to say obscure threats didn’t exist back then, but less people were exposed since they weren’t congregating in online forums and sites such as Facebook.

Since both businesses and individuals are utilizing Facebook on a daily basis, it’s almost like shooting fish in a barrel.  If you post one malicious link, by sheer statistics alone you’re going to get a large amount of people who fall for the trick and <click> away.

In addition to Facebook there is Google and Google Image search results.  Many consignment and resale stores will search for items on Google to verify anything from authenticity to current market value.  The people writing and deploying these malicious applications know that people are searching Google for a variety of keywords.  They do everything they can to get their websites and poisoned images into the top results on Google.  One <click> and wham, you’re infected.

The best response I have found @”Why Malwarebytes?” is on MBAM’s Facebook page @ http://www.facebook.com/Malwarebytes:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a complementary program and defined as an anti-malware program which detects and removes malware; malicious programs and files, such as viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, and rogue applications that some antivirus software doesn’t detect or can’t fully remove. With that said, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts, though exclusions may need to be set in your antivirus for Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware’s exe’s to get the best possible system performance.

In a PC Magazine article, Malwarebytes’ COO Marcus Chung provides a great analogy for Malwarebytes:

“My favorite analogy,” said Marcus “relates to seatbelts. People used to think seatbelts were enough, but then airbags came along. It’s a solution from a different direction, not competing with the seatbelt. We are the airbag!”

So Malwarebytes is not an antivirus replacement.  Don’t let anyone try and tell you that Malwarebytes is the only security program you need.  It is intended to provide a mesh approach to security and is intended to compliment your existing antivirus software.

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Pro is completely compatible with all of the major consignment software programs on the market.  We’ve tested Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Pro with the following consignment software programs:

  • ConsignmentTill
  • Consignment Success | Consignment Ease | Best Consignment Software
  • ConsignPro
  • Liberty
  • SBS

Unlike other security programs that have done everything from block Liberty from communicating with Microsoft SQL Server, to deleting files that ConsignPro requires in order to run, Malwarebytes has done a perfect job of helping consignment software programs continue to run as intended.

The Computer Peeps recommend (and if we could, we’d require it) that any computer connected to the Internet run ESET Nod32 Antivirus + Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Pro.  There are just too many threats and variants out there today and even with the best antivirus software out there (ESET Nod32), unwanted programs can still sneak by.

People think viruses have to be these big, bad programs that delete files, cause pop-ups, etc.  Not so.  Any software that is considered unwanted and any program that was brought onto the system without your knowledge or doing, can be considered a virus.

Malwarebytes can be purchased for $25 and it’s a lifetime license.  We strongly recommend downloading Malwarebytes and letting it run a QuickScan.  The Pro trial lasts for 14 days, but do yourself a favor and pay the one-time fee for a lifetime license.  Their developers and testers deserve every penny of it.

As always, if you have any questions or if you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to ask!

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