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What is the rampant malicious tagging in Facebook all about and how to avoid it?

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Recently, netizens have been posting about malicious tagging and cybersecurity experts claim that this can spread malware on Facebook.
What is the rampant malicious tagging in Facebook all about and how to avoid it?
Malicious tags on this social media platform are carrying malware (Photo from Business Insider)

Cybersecurity expert advises us to be careful in clicking links

"Malicious tagging" can be avoided by not clicking on strange links, especially on content tagged by strangers. There are reports from several users that they are receiving random tags on an "adult video" from total strangers or someone who even didn't know through Facebook. Upon clicking the link, a pop-up window appears saying that you need to download a Flash Player update before you can watch the video.

These tagged posts are said to be malicious links that may cause cyber attacks. Yes, by clicking the link, you may be downloading malware on your device.

So what should you do if you receive a notification that seems doubtful and it did not come from your contacts? It is best advised not to click the link attached to the post and report it to Facebook immediately. Anyone can use the platform's tools to report any suspicious activity or content that violates community standards.

To remove the comment tagging and at the same time file a report, go to the post where you have been tagged in a comment. After that, click 'more option' and select Give feedback or Report this comment. Make sure to choose spam on report choices then click next. A 'remove tag' option will eventually appear then that's it.

How to prevent falling into the trap of malicious tagging?

Facebook allows user to adjust their security settings based on their preference
Facebook allows user to adjust their security settings based on their preference

The DICT  Cybersecurity just shared a list of practical tips so you how to secure and restrict the options for those who can tag you on Facebook. Note that this process will now limit the notifications that will appear in your Facebook Account Notification Tab to your Facebook friends only.

The steps are pretty easy to follow and this will tighten your privacy against these cyber crimes:

1. First, go to Facebook account settings
2. In the settings page, find the Notification Settings
3. Search the  "What Notifications You Receive" section then select the "Tags" button
4. Lastly, go to "Get notifications when you're tagged by" then choose the “Friends” button

By setting up these preventive measures, we are not only protecting our privacy online but also we are being responsible netizens.

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