How To Avoid The Facebook Virus That Can Drain Your Bank Account
There's a 6 year old virus known as the Zeus virus. Experts say that this virus is all over Facebook right now. If the wrong link is clicked the virus will lie dormant on your computer until someone logs into a bank account. It will then allow hackers to obtain your usernames and passwords to your bank accounts, and in turn drain them. Keep reading for a few tips on how to avoid this virus from Facebook.
From The Huffington Post:
1. Avoid Windows computers if possible.
Business Insider's Kevin Smith notes that Zeus targets machines running on Windows, and does not work on Mac OS X or Linux. It's usually not feasible to switch operating systems, but it's one way of avoiding the virus. However, variants of Zeus that can infect Android and Blackberry smartphones have been found, so it is possible that a modified version of the virus is at work here as well.
2. Don't click on unknown links.
This is Virus Avoidance 101, but it's still important to reiterate. Many people don't realize that all it takes is clicking on a bad link to infect their computer with malware. Rule of thumb: If you don't know the link's sender or the link looks strange at all, do not click. It's not worth the risk.
3. Make sure your bank has 2-step verification.
The more secure your bank's website is, the safer your money is. Talk to your bank and find the safest way to access your statements, which may be by phone or in person. If you are using online banking, make sure that you never leave yourself logged-in.
Y'all be careful out there!