What to Do to Stop Getting Notifs from Strangers Tagging You in Malicious FB Comments

The said posts contain links that, when clicked, will download malware on your device.
by The Candy Staff   |  Apr 21, 2021
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PSA: A new cyberattack on Facebook in the form of malicious tagging is targeting several users. The official Facebook page of the Office of the Court Administrator issued a warning against engaging with these malicious notifications and comments.

Reports of users being tagged by strangers in comments to a post that contains inappropriate content have been popping up. The said posts contain links that, when clicked, will reportedly download malware on your device. Some users also reported that, upon clicking the link, their account was also used to tag other people in the same posts without their consent or knowledge. If you have been tagged in such posts, do not engage with or click the links.

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While an explanation from the social media giant is yet to be given regarding these suspicious activities, users are encouraged to change their privacy settings to prevent getting such notifications from strangers or users who are not in their Friends list. To do so, head to your Settings, go to Notifications, then select Tags. Under the "Get notifications when you're tagged by" section, change your settings to Friends. It must be noted, however, that even users on your Friends list might still unknowingly tag you in such comments, so be extra vigilant when engaging with these notifications.

Here's a step-by-step guide:

Just last month, Facebook users from all over the world, including around 900,000 Filipinos, were also subject to a data leak. Facebook users' Facebook IDs, full names, birthdays, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and locations were published on a hacking forum, making these sensitive details available for individuals with malicious intentions to take advantage of. 



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