The New York Times just reported on a new strain of viruses hitting the Internet, but not the kind that attacks your computer — the kind that could potentially attack your reputation. According to the article, which focuses on viruses that have attacked Facebook and Twitter users, 21 percent of web users say they have been the target of malicious activity on social networks. Usually, these viruses cause a ton of spam messages to be sent or posted by your account — things like free $500 gift cards to stores or potentially inappropriate photos. Why attack social sites? Since people tend to trust messages from friends and people they know (whether virtually or in real life), they're more likely to respond to the content.
This hasn't happened to me yet, but I may be overly sensitive to these sorts of scams and viruses. Has it happened to you? How do you avoid it?