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Click Fraud: Cybercriminals want you to ‘like’ it.

Click Fraud: Cybercriminals want you to ‘like’ it.

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You probably already know not to open suspicious looking email attachments and not to send money to foreign princes proffering elaborate sob stories. But the tiny images that you can click on your  favorite websites are safe, right?

Not necessarily.

Cybercriminals can create fake links even on websites that you trust. This recently happened with the Facebook "like" buttons. These are the tiny "thumbs up" icons that let you say that you like a person's status update, picture, or other post. Cybercriminals created fake versions of these "like" icons, and if you clicked on one of these fake buttons, you'd be taken to a page filled with online ads.

Unlike viruses or ID theft, this type of click fraud was used only to create more clicks on advertisements. But this same technique could be used to spread malicious software, so be careful where you click.

For more information on how to prevent online fraud, see How to reduce the risk of online fraud.

To read how Microsoft is combating click fraud, see Microsoft Investigators Uncover Emerging Form of Click Fraud.

 

 


 

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  • Ref. to: "Click Fraud: Cybercriminals want you to ‘like’ it."

    Sorry, this article can't be taken very seriously.

    In very few words one gets an explanation about the risk of clicking right away on some kinds of images/adverts and such.

    Your point is taken, BUT this serious problem ends very abrupt with reguests to click on: choice 1 or choice 2 for more info to this subject..... That wonder's me!!

    That's not the way. You just WANT your customer to click, to click and to click with the worn out sentence: 'for more information' please click!'

    My advise: take a real effort to interest the customer with well written words in a good text-  not to long - not to short - so that they STAY (!) on this page, rather than clicking right away into millions of others pages...!

    That won't work, and more important: your customer doesn't take it seriously!

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