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#1 sharpie

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 01:59 PM

do sites like facebook and myspace cause maleware or spyware and how would you get maleware or spyware?


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Posted 22 January 2010 - 07:26 PM

Well, MySpace has become more of a music site and the social networking aspect has been trumped by Facebook & Twitter. The problem is there is a lot of third party apps on Facebook that come with malware and it seems to be very difficult to figure out what is legit and what isn't. That's why I stay away from Facebook in favour of Twitter. And Twitter is great for promoting my blog.

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 07:33 PM

One other aspect of social engineering sites is they are a primary target of malware writers because of their popularity.

Many of them have had malicious code written into the pages unknown to the owners\administrators of the site. No manual download is required as the code is written in such a way that it exploits weakness`s in either the browser, flash, java, active x, etc.

I avoid such sites completely. I`m kind of a private person anyways.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 01:14 AM

To answer your questions. The sites themselves do not "cause malware'. The sites have malware placed in and on them by persons with nefarious intentions. The ways to become infected with malware are as diverse as the number of variants out there.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 02:48 PM

Myspace allows users to use HTML code to create their profile, so it is very possible for a malware writer to write a drive by download into their myspace "profile".

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 11:28 PM

I've been all over BC and can't find anything about suggested / recommended security settings for FB. This is a concern for me because my GF uses FB, Twitter, YouTube, etc. and I'm worried about her passing something to my machine, or when she uses my laptop to log on.

Any ideas?

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 09:37 AM

As long as you have a solid Anti-Virus program with real time protection, a good firewall, and an on de-mand, and even maybe a real-time anti-malware program, you should be fine. I personally have never had any issues with Facebook, Myspace or Youtube. Youtube should be quite safe since it is owned by Google though :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 02:55 PM

I have MBAM, SAS, AVG, A2SQ, Zone Alarm, all free versions, all updated regularly. I'm thinking about buying Prevx, it's interesting to use.

My problem lies with the gf. She FB's, Twits, YouTube's, all the time, with no regard to online safety. She didn't have any AV/Malware stuff before she met me! I need some ideas as to secure her FB page because she doesn't have a clue as to how vulnerable she really is and we do exchange emails, etc.

Would Prevx be an example of real-time anti-malware?
I thought mbam + avg were real-time?


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Posted 20 February 2010 - 03:13 PM

AVG is real-time.
mbam is on-demand, unless it's the paid-for version.
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