BitDefender recently released the Safego tool, designed to protect social network accounts from privacy risks, e-threats and spam, — has put together an infographic illustrating information about the state of scams on the social networking site.
The infographic details the types of messages used as baits in the spreading of social scam. The top ranking bait is of the “see who viewed your profile” type and it lures users into finding out how many visitors their profiles have attracted.
The infographic also covers the most used spam words and phrases, thereby providing a very useful dictionary of social network malice. A separate section is dedicated to a spam wave case study, which offers valuable info on illegitimate applications’ spreading mechanisms and potential click counts.
At an impressive 7,532 pixels tall, the graphic offers plenty of insight into the dark underbelly of Facebook. The company found profile insight apps — like those which promise to show you who’s viewing your page and who deleted you — to be the most widespread scam. BitDefender estimates that this particular type of scam has generated more than 1.4 million clickthroughs. Facebook’s popular social games are a common trap as well, but are in a distant second, with less than half the clickthroughs.