Pinterest is a network that prides itself on being able to connect individuals professionally and increase clientele for people looking to expand their small business or services. But of course, another expectation that one keeps from such social networking sites is credibility. And that includes spam. Unfortunately, just recently Pinterest users have had to rethink their credibility on the site due to a new kind of spamming known as ‘likejacking’.
Likejacking is basically when a spammer sets up an account and asks users to like or post the link or uploaded data. Now once the user does this, the spam becomes the actual content which is liked. Hence a myriad of spam hits the user and their contacts. This new kind of spamming is a major nuisance which is putting a lot of people off Pinterest. But if you like your account and don’t want to lose it, here are some things you can do to avoid spam:
- Avoid randomly liking or clicking on links. Since spammers end up linking almost everything they come up with to you via some sort of link, so that you may get lost in the moment and disinterestedly perhaps end up liking something they have sent. The best way to avoid this is to simply not click on anything that is random and which can’t quite be traced.
- Malware Measures. Make sure you have some sort of malware security present on your system or anti-spy software for cell phone. Often a time, what happens is that we download photos which seem to be harmless but in fact have a malware attached to their background which then enters your system and sends out spam in fixed intervals.
- Report whatever you find. Whenever you come across something unsettling or curious, instead of ignoring it the best option is to immediately contact the Pinterest team. The chances are they have already handled it and if they haven’t, they can guide you away from the problem spot so that your account continues to be spam free. After all, the ‘Report Pin’ button is there for a reason. Use it.
- Avoid Suspicious Followers. Since mid-March spammers have been creating fake profiles with pins which are actually spam content. The minute you begin following them or even click on a pin to see where it actually leads you, you’ve already helped them earn money since all of this spamming involves money making scams. But all you have to do is assess whether these are real profiles or not. If the profile has hundred of boards, very few followers, and hundreds other boards that are being followed, then chances are it’s a spamming account. Completely ignore such accounts and then report them.
One of the dangers of Pinterest (Or any social media site for that matter) is that spam is usually found disguised as one thing or the other such as in a photo as an embedded link. So though the problem may not be as disgruntling or harmful as a keystroke logger compromise your system but it is still something you would want to avoid to keep a good reputation. So the best way to avoid any blemish appearing on your pin is by steering clear of all shady links and pins. Yes, as clichéd as it is, precaution is better than cure.