Social Media Ads – Fake or Real?

Fake Ads on Social Media

TechCrunch was made aware of ads on Facebook that linked to a malicious app. Cybercriminals will tailor their malware campaigns to resemble links to popular apps and you should be aware of this.

Cybercriminals are much more advanced than ever before. For many, it is a full-time job to trick you into clicking on something that is not real. As cybersecurity evolves, so do the criminal activities associated with it.

How to Spot a Fake Ad

  • Does the advertiser seem legitimate?
  • Hover over the URL and investigate before even clicking through.
  • Does the ad seem too good to be true?
  • Does it link to a credible website, with complete details?
  • Are there noticeable errors in spelling and grammar?
  • Are the images poor quality?

What can you do to protect yourself?

Facebook ad targeting is turned on by default. Turn it off by clicking on Settings on your Facebook profile, and then Ads (on the mobile app, it’s Privacy > Ad Preferences). Set your individual controls as you’d like. Unfortunately, you cannot entirely opt-out of ads on Facebook at this time.

The same limitations apply with Google, you cannot completely opt-out of the ads but you can turn off ad targeting. Sign in to your Google account, click on Settings, then Data & Personalization> Ad Personalization> Ad settings and turn it off.

Microsoft Updates


Microsoft Teams: webinars plus new meeting registration options

Coming end of April into the beginning of May, these capabilities will be available to the following licenses: Office 365 or Microsoft 365 E3/E5/A3/A5/Business Standard/Business Premium. There are also free trials being offered temporarily to other commercial subscribers through to the end of 2021.

When scheduling a meeting, users will the webinar options in the Calendar drop-down menus. And users will be able to add registrations for meetings and webinars for people both inside and outside your organization.

The registration feature will be on by default for all users. If you want to view who attended your webinar, you will need to change the “AllowEngagementReport” policy to true in settings. Need to restrict how can host a webinar in your organization? No problem! Simply change the WhoCanRegister policy accessed in the Teams admin center.


Microsoft Rewards

This free program rewards you for doing the things you are doing now! You can earn points and buy things from the Microsoft Store.

Users in your organization will have the ability to earn Microsoft Rewards points when signed into select Microsoft 365 services (Microsoft Search in Bing) with their organizational (work or school) account.


Additional region support for Cortana voice assistance in Teams for iOS and Android

Cortana voice assistance is extending support in Microsoft Teams mobile apps for iOS and Android for users with their phone region set to Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. This will only be available in English with expansion to other languages and regions in future releases.


Top Senders and recipient report

After receiving customer feedback on an early decision to retire this report, Microsoft will not be retiring this report.

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