This makes social media as a means favorite cyber criminals to attack. There are many modes used cyber criminals to spread viruses to PCs and smartphones, or steal personal information by luring users to click on a fake site.
Computing security company Trend Micro claims to have revealed nine methods of deception in social media that is currently flourishing in social media.
"Fraud in the increasingly popular social media. They lure users to install specific applications through social media posts or tricking the user to click on sites that cause a virus or malware infection," said Terrence Tang, Senior Director of Consumer Business, Asia Pacific, Trend Micro in a press release .
He continued, "Users are advised to be wary when they are surfing the internet. Always check source link and posted applications, social media change the password regularly, and use applications that offer privacy protection, such as Trend Micro Dr. Safety."
For more details, here are nine modes of fraud in today's social media are emerging:
1. Application Facebook Color Changer
This application is interesting because it offers a feature to change the color of your Facebook page. This application will redirect users to fake websites and trick them to share the app with friends, including the use of video tutorials to trick users into clicking on ads. These applications can hijack a user's profile and the profile of his friends, and even infect the mobile device with the virus.
2. Application Who Viewed Your Facebook Profile
This application allows you to check who sees your Facebook profile. Once clicked, the user profile and social network you will immediately be exposed to a scammer.
3. Video up with an interesting title and striking
Cyber criminals in cyberspace often use interesting and provocative titles like "Not Safe for Work" or "Outrageous" to the more intrigued users to click on a video that actually directs them to a fake website and aim to steal personal information. Fraud can also cause infection to the user device, such as Rootkits are difficult to remove.
4. Video Naked on Facebook
Facebook scams that contain nude videos usually come in the form of advertising or posting with a link that directs the user to a fake YouTube site. Fake site then prompts the user to install the updater to fix Adobe Flash Player they are "broken". Once clicked, the fake Flash Player installer will infect the device by installing malware (Trojans typically) as a browser plugin.
5. Application InstLikeapp on Instagram
Thousands of users worldwide have installed the application InstLike hoping to increase followers and "buff" their Instagram profile. Unfortunately, this application turns out to steal passwords and other personal information. Although a number of reports of fraud methods have been published, there are still many users who unwittingly cheated, because InstLike still circulating freely in the app store.
6. Application Instant Twitter Followers
Applications that promises more Twitter followers instantly usually causes users become victims of scammers, affecting even the user's account with a virus attack.
7. Fraud by Twitter Feed
Some scams send messages like "I just saw your picture is" to trick users into clicking on a malicious link in a message box. Scammers can hijack Twitter user accounts and send spam messages to their friends, direct them to websites that can steal personal information.
8. The Dating Game on Tumblr
This spurious feature in his message has captivated many users to click on a link and make a date account, which will then take them to a page or pages adult ads that generate revenue for the scammers.
9. Posting Fake on Pinterest
Pinterest false offers of free gifts to lure users to fake survey sites or phishing sites. The application also sends spam to their followers to expand their attacks.