Facebook vs. Sharks
Yes, most of us complain about all the seemingly unnecessary changes that Facebook initiates far more often than we’d like (just about the time we figure out how to navigate everything)… but it’s good to remember that Facebook is a free service. Of course some will argue that nothing is really ‘free’, but at least +140 million active avast! Community members know differently. ;)
Some of you will remember the days of Rolodex. Mine was typically overfilled with business cards and scraps of paper – taped, glued, or even stapled in place. Sometimes a few ‘creative’ oversized business cards or paper scraps would clog up the ‘machine’, and maintaining changes to phone numbers, addresses, and job titles was always a major problem.
So Facebook, for me, was a welcome change. All my contacts keep their own info updated, and I can find them at any time via the search box. And my Facebook account serves 4 key purposes:
The increase in advertising on Facebook bothered me when it began a few years ago, but I’ve learned to tune it out. To me, the only problems Facebook has now – aside from major layout changes that occur too frequently and seem to limit user settings – are security vulnerabilities (many of which, however, are what I’d call a lack in good judgment by average PC users who just don’t know any better). In the past two weeks, I’ve seen two significant reports regarding the problem of Facebook security:
Spoil yourself; be free
Working for AVAST, I’m a little spoiled. As part of our jobs is to really know our products and what they do, I often click links I know are probably harmful. In other words, I can afford to be curious because I know my antivirus takes care of me and will block just about anything I throw at it. But the numbers in the above reports (600,000 accounts per DAY!!!) tell me that a lot of people, when it comes to web surfing, are riding the high waves at midnight with open wounds in shark-infested waters. In a new business era when free antivirus solutions outperform many well-known paid-for products… there is no excuse for such recklessness.
Give Facebook a pat on the back for trying their best to keep the sharks away, but also remember that friends don’t let friends surf stupidly. Here you can see how avast! Free Antivirus stands up against many of our competitors’ paid-for products in independent tests. Educate yourself, educate others – and help your friends, parents, siblings, grandparents, or babysitter download/install at very least some free antivirus protection.
Avast now provides a decryption tool for ransomware CryptoMix (offline only)
Most teens want their own smartphone, but parents can have a hard time knowing when kids can handle the responsibility.