Norton Debuts Two Free Facebook Safety Tools

By David Cohen Comment

Norton parent Symantec announced the release of two new free tools to help Facebook users avoid likejacking scams.

Free app Norton Safe Web for Facebook scans users’ news feeds and weeds out security risks including phishing sites, malicious downloads, and links to unsafe external sites, as well as identifying web addresses and videos that pose the risk of likejacking attacks.

Users of the social network can also go to the Norton Facebook page to access the Norton Cybercrime Index, which updates its index number daily to reflect the threat level for each day, adding commentary and advice on looming security threats.

Norton said in a release:

Who hasn’t been tempted to click on an enticing video posted to a friend’s Facebook wall, along with an eye-catching tag line such as, “WOW YOU’LL NEVER BELIEVE THIS”? The allure is undeniable, but often, these video clips are actually “likejacking” attacks, where clicking will result in users “liking” the video and posting it to their own wall. Worse than being embarrassing and annoying, likejacking could even be used by cyberscammers to infect PCs or steal identities.

The volume of likejacking attacks varies from day to day. Based on Norton’s analysis of a sample of 3.5 million posts with videos on August 2, up to 15 percent of unique posts were identified as likejacking attacks.

Readers: What security tools do you use to avoid becoming a likejacking victim on Facebook?