Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Your Facebook Account might get HACKED!

Lately, I've had 4 of my Facebook friends send me a "Friend Request." I am already "Friends" with them; why should they be sending me a "Friend Request"? The answer is: they're not! Their account has been hacked by an unknown party, and the hacker is trying to be friends with me (while looking like my "friend").

This is insidious and it's happening more and more often. There are two good lines of defense:
  1. If you receive a Friend request from someone who is already your Friend, DO NOT ACCEPT THE REQUEST! Please contact your Friend directly (message, phone call, e-mail), and ask him if he sent you another request. Frankly, I don't know how to send a Friend request to someone who's already my Friend... so this shouldn't be possible! Confirm that he has NOT sent you a Friend Request, and let him know that he's been hacked.
  2. Change your password periodically. I know. It's inconvenient. It's a pain. It's not fair. But this is the best way to protect yourself against hackers.
IF YOU GET HACKED, change your password. Then write a post (so your Friends will see it) letting everyone know that you were hacked and to NOT accept the fake "Friend Request" that was sent. I believe Facebook may be working on ways to prevent hacking, but until then, follow these recommendations.

If you'd like more information, visit this link:
https://www.facebook.com/help/131719720300233

Facebook is a wonderful tool for keeping in touch with friends all over the world, but it is not great at security or privacy. NEVER post your Social Security number or Credit Card Number or any other information on Facebook. (Just as you should never write these numbers in an e-mail.)

Enjoy Facebook, and protect yourself at the same time!

Jane

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