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Important Message To Facebook Users

Facebook Among Top Phished Web Sites

facebook_logo Brian Krebs at the Washington post has a brief, important message to people who use the popular Facebook social networking site.

He tells you what to watch for, and a simple step for avoiding trouble.

Please click here, and read his excellent advice. And then – please – tell your friends who use Facebook too.

If you aren’t exactly sure what “phishing” is, please click here.

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May 3, 2009 - Posted by | advice, cyber crime, Internet, Internet scam, Phishing, phraud


  1. TechPaul,

    Thanks for publishing this… I just had someone asking me is their negatives to using sites like Facebook, MySpace, etc… This is one I will be sure to send to them!

    Personally, I avoid the Social Networking circuit as much as possible; but, that is just my preference. Boils down to this, “once it is out there, it is out there”…



    Comment by whatsonmypc | May 3, 2009 | Reply

    • Brian Krebs on Security Fix is one of my regular reads.

      I too, avoid all that “social networking” nonsense, as I am old enough to actually be aware of an arcane human concept that people — back in the Olden Days — called “privacy”.
      And I’m savvy enough to understand that EVERYTHING that gets posted to the Internet (or via the Internet) is recorded, and available for viewing for ever and ever.
      And probably, after that too.

      I have heard stories about people losing their jobs over what they posted on their Facebook profiles…

      That said. Someone very close to me has been using Facebook to “reconnect” with childhood friends and classmates, and is absolutely enamored with Facebook. People they thought they would never hear from again…

      All I can say is that, whenever you’re online, you must use a certain amount of paranoid common sense, and don’t just “trust” things to be what they appear.
      Is that really a long-lost friend??? Or someone who looked you up and is hoping you won’t really remember..


      Comment by techpaul | May 3, 2009 | Reply

  2. Good advice here. Facebook isn’t the only privacy-free place online. I guess it’s like being in a glass bubble within a world of a glass bubble! I think that sometimes people act online like they do while driving a car, pretending that they aren’t surrounded by see-through windows! Who hasn’t noticed the car next to them with the driver picking their nose, assuming they’re invisible or something!

    All, that being said, privacy-lacking social networks are not new, they’re just high profile. I do enjoy keeping up with college and church friends on Facebook, IM, and email, but I also keep a keen appreciation for my lack of privacy online.

    There was once a time when the internet was more of a one-way street. Now the every day user can add his two cents worth. He just has to remember that people are listening!


    Comment by Tim | May 5, 2009 | Reply

    • Excellent points.

      My concern primarilly is phishing for login credentials, and poisoned hyperlinks sent from someone who appears to be your ‘friend’.

      So many people use the same username/password for every single site.. so stealing their Facebook equates to stealing their banks.
      … sometimes.. I think EVERYBODY uses only one login.. (sigh).


      Comment by techpaul | May 5, 2009 | Reply

  3. Phishing. I remember the old school days of people phishing back in the mid 90’s! They would IM unsuspecting AOL users posing as employees and just ask for their login info and sometimes even their credit card info. They’ve gotten quite a bit slicker since then!


    Comment by Tim | May 5, 2009 | Reply

    • Well, the underlying premise is the same, but now we have a fancy name for it (newer and fancier than “phishing”) — “social engineering”.
      Also, the criminals have become more programming savvy, and so much is done by automation..

      New or old, con men are con men and victims are victims. Been going on for centuries.

      But.. I digress. Your memory spurs me to remind my readers that “phishing” isn’t just for e-mail: it’s in IM’s, “tweets” and texting, it can be a phone call.. and it can be a guy wearing an official-looking uniform with an official-looking ID tag.


      Comment by techpaul | May 5, 2009 | Reply

  4. what has happened to my facebook page, cannot accesss that page for a couple of days now, what is happening???????


    Comment by gail bader | December 25, 2009 | Reply

    • Ms Bader,
      I have no idea why you cannot access your Facebook page — could be any number of reasons — but I suggest you contact Facebook support, and do so quickly.


      Comment by techpaul | December 26, 2009 | Reply

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