What is “mygener.im”?
It may be time to take extra precautions if you are a Facebook user. The phishing bug that made big news last week when it attacked Facebook users started to show its nasty face again on Thursday morning. The worst part about “mygener.im” is that it spreads from person to person via an otherwise tame looking Facebook message.
Facebook users have been receiving messages from friends that ask them to visit the Web site ‘mygener.im’ or ‘fbstarter.com’. The site is marked as a source of malware in many browsers and virus programs, which is fortunate. Most curious web wanderers will get a direct warning from their browser or their anti virus software if they attempt to visit the link.
Thursday’s incidents appeared directly related to last week’s phishing outbreak. In that outbreak, many Facebook users were convinced enough by ‘fbstarter.com’s virtual likeness to the Facebook main page that they gave their passwords to unknown scammers. Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt wrote an e-mail to members addressing the issue. In his email, he discussed steps that Facebook has taken to correct the problem.
“We’ve already blocked the URL from being shared on Facebook, and it is now being deleted from inboxes and walls across the site,” Schnitt wrote. “Anyone who shared this content will soon have their account password automatically reset.”
The nature of web design means that just about anyone can make a page that looks like the login page for Facebook. The key is to check your browser’s address bar to ensure you’re on the correct site before plugging in a password. Facebook is only accessible via Facebook.com.
There are steps you can take to ensure that you don’t stumble onto a malware site on your computer, either redirected from Facebook scams or any other source.
1. Err on the side of caution.
If you believe that someone has sent you a suspicious link, proceed with caution. Be suspicious of any message that doesn’t “make sense”. Your first response to a suspicious email or Facebook message is probably correct.
2. Contact the sender of any suspicious message
When I received a link to “FBStarter.com” last week, I was immediately suspicious, and contacted the friend who sent it to me. He responded a couple of hours later that he DID NOT send that link, and that it was automatically sent to the entirety of his friend lists, and to ignore the message. He added that it would be a good idea to reset your password, just in case. Because I contacted him, he was able to protect the rest of his friends, and avoid spreading the virus even further.
3. Pay attention to your bank statements and bills
Many times, the object of “phishing” is to collect your credit card or bank account information – to give hackers access to your identity or your financial resources. If you keep an eye on your bank accounts and other financial investments, you’ll be more likely to catch a problem before it begins.
4. Report suspicious activity to your ISP
By reporting any potential phishing activity directly to your ISP, you’ll be going a step further than merely reporting it to the person who sent it to you. The ISP could detect a virus in its early stage and put a stop to it before it becomes a problem for others.
5. Pay attention to your computer’s warnings
Most of the new versions of the major browsers (Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, etc) have built in warnings about malware sites and viruses. Pay attention to these warnings, as they could be your last line of defense against harmful malware.