Today over 400 million people use Facebook to communicate and keep in touch with friends or family. This vast number of users offers hackers a great opportunity to target unsuspecting identity theft victims. The latest plot is a virus aimed at stealing banking passwords and other personal information.

According to anti-virus software experts the attack comes in the form of an email. This email informs the recipient that their Facebook password has been reset and must be updated in order to login. The email comes with an attachment which users are told to click on to get their new credentials. Once opened the attachment downloads multiple malicious software including the one that steals passwords. This latest attack was spread via regular internet email across Europe, the United States and Asia.

Most likely millions of computers will be infected by this virus and you could be one of them unless you know the signs to look for. The email’s subject line states “Facebook password reset confirmation customer support,” which should be your first red flag. This type of malicious tool is also known as Malware and can record which keystrokes you make when logging into other sites such as your bank account.

Here are a few ways to protect yourself from this type of attack:

1. Stay updated - This includes your browser security, anti-virus software, anti-malware software and your personal awareness of the new attacks.

2. Don’t assume messages from family and friends are safe - in fact the majority of malware victims have had their address books stolen and messages sent to them.

3. Get identity theft protection from a reputable company.

The best way to protect yourself from such an attack is to be informed and stay cautious of any attachment in an email. fb logins were unaware that they became a victim through their email. A great way to detect malware is to have an updated anti-malware software program on your computer. Another level of defense is identity theft protection by an industry leading company.