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  • Do not click on any link or message that seems suspicious or unfamiliar
  • Remember that most social networking sites will not ask for your password in an e-mail, message, or "wall" post 
  • Do not download any unknown files 
  • If you get a suspicious message, try to contact the friend who supposedly sent it to verify that the message is legitimate before following any links or instructions 
  • If you see a post on a friend's social networking page or profile that looks like spam, tell the friend to delete it and reset their password immediately 
  • Use an updated web browser to benefit from anti-phishing protection.


Last Modified: July 06, 2010