Heads up FB friends! New chain letter spreads on Facebook

A new chain letter is spreading across Facebook, posted by users in an apparent attempt to warn others about rogue applications.

Heads up FB friends chain letter

HEADS UP FB friends, Some applications are sending not too nice messages under YOUR identity. If you don't want to get in trouble with your friends, copy paste this message! And if you receive a nasty message from ME, rest assured I'm NOT the one who sent it. Most come from a post saying xx answered a question about you. DONT GO TO THE SITE! Re-post this!!! Hackers are at it again!

Many Facebook users have reposted the message in the last 24 hours.

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The warning message is correct in so much as there are many rogue applications spreading across the Facebook platform, which can post scam messages under your name.

But to suggest that you won’t get into any trouble with your friends if you post the above message isn’t really any protection at all. Posting a status message like the one above doesn’t harden your defences or share any truly useful information.

The best way to protect yourself on Facebook is to always be cautious of unsolicited links that are sent to you, to think carefully about which (if any) third party apps you are going to allow to have permission to post to your Facebook wall or tag you in photographs, and to take a long hard look at your privacy settings.

One excellent idea is to make sure you stay informed about the latest scams spreading fast across Facebook. It’s free to join the Sophos Facebook page, where more than 70,000 people regularly share information on threats and discuss the latest security news.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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