Timeline opens Facebook users up to more threats

ESET advises social network users not to click on links advertising Timeline removal

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Timeline opens Facebook users up to more threats According to security company ESET, the Facebook Timeline opens users up to more threats. (Getty Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  February 19, 2012

Security solutions provider ESET Middle East , has warned that the new Facebook Timeline is prone to a large number of cyber-threats and said that over 2 million facebook users in the UAE could possibly be vulnerable to attacks, scammers and click-jackers.

Since the debut of Facebook's new Timeline, there has been an increasing umber of Timeline-related scams and malicious campaigns offering phony applications to allegedly disable the Timeline. The fake pages and apps urge users to click on ‘Like' buttons in order to activate a feature that allows them to enable or disable the Timeline whenever they want on their profiles. After the process is complete, a message appears saying ‘the Timeline Office will analyse your request'. 

"Likes is the most common activity on Facebook, which could possibly dupe facebook users to malicious scams," according to Aji Joseph, general manager ESET Middle East. "Facebook's new feature Timeline has caused enough confusion amoung users; paving way for scammers and click-jackers to offer bogus links on Facebook that promise Timeline removal."

ESET Middle East has advised Facebook users not to click links promising removal or deactivation of the Timeline feature.

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