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You receive a message apparently from a Facebook friend telling you they received another friend request from you. They go on to diagnose the “situation,” tell you that you’ve been hacked, and they offer advice on what to do to remedy the problem.

Generally you’re asked to forward the warning to all of your other “Friends.” Don’t. It’s like a chain letter, nothing but a hoax. When it comes to Facebook friends offering advice on how to remedy perceived hacks, you probably shouldn’t follow their suggestions. Usually the advice only spreads the hoax. Your best defense, if a “Friend” offers a solution, is to delete it and ignore the advice.

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KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s most popular integrated new school security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 9,500 organizations worldwide. Founded by data and IT security expert Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness of ransomware, CEO Fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new school approach to security awareness training. Kevin Mitnick, internationally recognized computer security expert and KnowBe4’s Chief Hacking Officer, helped design KnowBe4’s trainings based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Thousands of organizations trust KnowBe4 to mobilize their end-users as the last line of corporate IT defense.
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