Facebook viruses are not new for those who have been with the social networking site for long. Every user might have faced some sort of virus or spam attack in their Facebook profile at some point of time. And Facebook private video virus is one of the most common spam that circulates in Facebook.
Facebook private video virus runs in a chain form. It appears in the news-feed and normally displays the profile image of the user along with a link saying Private Video. Once a user clicks on the link, the timeline starts displaying a similar Private video link with your image.
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It was just a couple of days back that we at Designs.Codes faced a similar situation. The Facebook profile of one of our team members got hacked with the Facebook private video virus. Though we have written many blogs on how to keep your social media profile safe, we, like many others, fell prey to the circulating private video that appeared in the Facebook messenger.
There is a saying, “curiosity kills”. Well, that would not be literally applicable in this case. But human nature is unable to resist curiosity. The private video that appeared also tagged 19 random people from the friend’s list of the Facebook user. Many of our team members clicked on the link only to set up a chain of a similar Facebook private video virus in their timelines.
When the thought of virus came up, the damage was done already. The timeline of most of our team members displayed a number of posts with the same link saying “Private video”.
Then began the recovery process. One of our developers checked with Facebook to understand how to protect the account and recover from the Facebook private video virus. Below are the steps that can be followed to reduce the severity of the spam:
Step1) Delete all the spam posts from the time line that has been shared accidentally along with the link that has been shared in the message inbox.
Step2) Unfriend or block the person from whom you have been receiving spam posts.
Step3) Change the password of your Facebook account from the Settings menu that appears in the drop down menu in your Facebook page.
The frequency of the spam popping up have increased many folds. Facebook has been trying its best to curb the frequent occurances of virus and spam in the users accounts. For the safety of users Facebook has also introduced many security measures. This includes the two step verification process where you need to enter a code that appears in your mobile once you have registersed it with your Facebook profile. Facebook also sends you notification if your profile is accessed from any other device.