Recently my husband got notice from LinkedIn that he had an invitation and messages from his friend Joe. There’s just one problem: Joe says he didn’t send an invitation, and he isn’t even a LinkedIn member. What’s going on?
According to several websites, there is a fake hyperlink in this message attached to Joe’s name. If my husband had clicked on it, the thing would’ve installed the Zeus virus on our computer. Then scammers could view our online banking passwords as easily as if they were peeping over our shoulders, according to Sophos.com.
Remember, always go to your LinkedIn inbox to accept invitations rather than clicking a link in your email. To stay safe on LinkedIn,
•Delete suspicious emails immediately.
•Do not click on any links or download attachments in suspicious emails. These links and attachments can expose your computer to spyware, malware and other viruses.
•Make sure you protect your computer with good quality, anti-virus software and scan your computer for viruses frequently.
•Be careful how much personal information you share online because you do not know who is reading it and what their intentions may be.
•Use the website’s privacy settings to control who is able to see the information you post online.