Unsafe Links are Everywhere
You are mistaken if you think spam only appears in e-mail messages, blog comments or discussion forums. Spammers also attacks search engines and other online services that allow publishing or posting contents. A search engine that displays unwanted search results is a victim of blackhat search engine poisoning.
Web spammers also attack social networking services, such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. They can create fake accounts using a reputable name so people will connect with or follow them. Some social networking accounts are hacked. Others, tricked by phishers, enter their login credentials for Facebook, Twitter, etc. on spoofed websites, thereby giving them access to legitimate accounts.
Search and web spam are particularly annoying, because you end up visiting a webpage that is not relevant at all to what you are looking for. You may even end up visiting malicious websites or a webpage that does nothing but offer fake scanning software.
Security software vendors have begun to offer free browser plug-ins that will help protect people from visiting dangerous links in searches and on Facebook. Symantec is one of these vendors. Read on to learn about Norton Safe Web Lite, the free plugin for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Facebook.