Clickbait stories and quizzes could harm your computer
Do you want to see what Disney Child Stars look like now they’re all grown up? Or, the picture former president Bill Clinton wanted banned? Enough people do that it’s making some websites millions of dollars.
Clickbait makes money from every click from advertisements on every page. Every time someone clicks, they get paid. The companies create so-called
"news articles," but the headlines are most important. The juicier, the better.
Even if you resist the click, those websites still annoy you by getting shared on Facebook from your friends who do click.
On Friday, one of my friends took a quiz to find out who her "1980s music boyfriend" is. She took the quiz, but now it’s taking up space on my Facebook news feed. Hers, by the way is, Jon Bon Jovi.
If a friend likes one of these clickbait articles, it also shows up on your feed. What’s more, it may trick you into liking it. That means it’ll keep showing up in yours and your friends’ news feeds.
To see what you’ve "liked" in the past, head over to your activity log and click on your likes.
Scrolling down, I see that at some time, I liked one of these clickbait websites called "Quartz". I know very well I never liked this page, but I probably clicked on an article my friend posted.
That is how malware is often spread: through fake news articles.
If you click through the websites they lead to, they could end up installing malware on your computer.
If you really need to know how well you know your 80s tv shows, just know, it’s likely being spread to your friends, who don’t appreciate it.