Is the ‘Be like Bill’ meme a security threat to your computer?

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Those “Be like Bill” memes that are popping up all over your Facebook news feed may be entertaining, but they could also be a security threat to your computer, according to the Better Business Bureau.

“Be like Bill” memes, which are generated through Blobla, generate a story beside an image and then ask you to share it with your friends.

The Better Business Bureau said it’s important to read the terms of privacy on Blobla before creating a meme to make sure you’re OK with what it states.

KFVS-TV reported that the meme’s generator said, “You will allow us to use, edit your content with our service permanently, no limit and no recover.”

Later, Blobla reached out to KFVS and said it was removing those privacy terms to avoid confusion.

In some cases, KFVS noted that the content could contain viruses that can damage your computer.

If you’ve already created the meme and shared it with friends on Facebook, here’s how you can remove it:

  1. Click the caret symbol in the top right-hand corner of your Facebook page and select “settings”
  2. Click “apps” in the left menu
  3. Hover over the app you’d like to remove and click “X”

The Better Business Bureau offered the following tips to avoid “click bait” social media scams:

  • Hover over a link to see its true destination before clicking on it
  • Don’t click on “shocking” or “sensational” pictures or videos that seem too outlandish to be true
  • Check to make sure that if your friend’s profile hasn’t been compromised if they share something that looks like a “click bait” scam
  • Use Facebook or Twitter tools to report spam or scams.

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