I do not like weird Facebook link spam.
June 29, 2010 10:53 AM Subscribe
I sometimes see sketchy links that automatically post that you "like" them on Facebook when you click on them. How harmful are they, exactly? What can I do to prevent them from showing up?
posted by Metroid Baby to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've only noticed this within the past few months, around the time when Facebook started putting like buttons on damn near everything.
It goes like this: there will be a post in my news feed about how one of my friends likes something, usually with a title like "You Won't Believe This Funny Blooper LOL" or something similarly dumb and attention-grabbing. If I click on it, it'll take me to a really crappy website with crappy ads, and I'll usually be prompted to Click For More!, and it's usually not until I've clicked that I realize, "wait, this is really sketchy." By that time, there's a post on Facebook that I like the sketchy link, and anyone else who clicks on it auto-likes it too.
I delete and report them as soon as I come across them, and I avoid clicking external links that anyone "likes." Just recently, though, a friend IMed me a link that went to one of these sites, not realizing it was a trap. We figured it out pretty quickly, but the spammage was done. (I wasn't on Facebook at the time, but I hadn't signed out.)
What the heck are these? What do they do? Can they get my account information from this? I've looked through recent news and Facebook's FAQ but found nothing. If anyone can provide an explanation, I'd be grateful.