12 On Your Side: Social media 'likes' could expose users to high-tech scam

By: Jerome Collins Email
By: Jerome Collins Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, July 16, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- No matter how computer savvy you think you are, experts say a new social media scam is fooling even the best computer users.

"Giving away your email information, your personal information, your account information without even realizing that is what you are doing," said Gigi Turner with the Augusta Better Business Bureau.

So, the next time you "like" something on Facebook or "favorite" it on Twitter, you could be inviting a scammer into your life. It's called clickjacking and here is how it works.

"You click on the link and it opens up into a window you can see. Well, over that window is a transparent layer that you can't see," Turner said.

A second website that records everything you do, says Turner.

"I could be entering myself into something without even realizing it. I could be purchasing something without even realizing it or giving away your personal information," Turner said.

So how can you protect yourself from being a target of this social media scam?

"If you go into your browser, there is a way. It is called X-frame. It is a way to set your computer to at least help prevent it from accepting those types of programs coming in," Turner said.

To lower your risk of being victimized by clickjacking, experts say you should avoid staying logged on to websites when you are not using them, do not assume you're on an official website because it looks that way and remember, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.


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