How to spot a social media scam

Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are breeding grounds for phishing, clickjacking and social engineering attacks. Here are nine tips for spotting a scam, plus advice for what to do if you fall victim.

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You Entered Your Password, Now What?


You clicked a link and entered your password on an illegitimate site, so now what? Immediately change your account's password, McLean says.

One suggestion for developing a good password: Use the color of your first bike and the name of your first pet, plus the last two digits of the year you were born, McLean says.

If you use the compromised password for other sites, be sure you change those, too. "Criminals know to try that password on other sites, and you don't want more accounts hacked," he says.

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