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6 ways to Protect Your Facebook

Monday, March 29th, 2010

6 Steps to Protect Your Facebook Privacy

As we outlined in our in-depth look at the latest online security threats, the little bits of information with which we furnish web apps can be collectively turned against us.

A good example is the Facebook app that asks what single topped the charts the day you were born. I don’t mind admitting that my answer to this is one of those dated comedy tracks. But I’m not about to amuse Facebook’s entire London network (several million-strong and counting) with its details, particularly when doing so narrows down my date of birth to a seven-day period. How many guesses does a hacker need to correctly ascertain and make use of my date of birth (DOB) on an official form, such as applying for a credit card? Not many, given those odds.

Changes to Facebook’s interface now promote the idea of searching, Friends Reunited-style, for old acquaintances based on school years. Again, you’re semi-publicly drilling down into the detail and then proudly displaying the results.

If you and five of your friends all went to the same school, it takes only one person to list their DOB for a snoop to reasonably deduce that you were all in the same school year.

Don’t even get me started on the dangers of posting your full address, phone numbers, and myriad other details that only true friends should be privy to. And it’s no better if you have a blog and post the information there. Web crawlers will happily serve it all up on a platter to anyone who knows how to use a search engine skilfully.

It’s great to share; it’s even better to check first who you’re sharing it with.

Plug Facebook information leaks

Step 1. Click Account at the top right and choose Account Settings from the drop-down menu. From here, you can swap your existing password for a stronger alphanumeric one. It’s also a good idea to remove your maiden or middle names if you included them at registration.

Step 2. Click the Networks tab to check you’re happy with the sharing settings for any network you may have joined. You’re no longer required to join a network, however, so you may prefer to remove yourself from it altogether. Also consider unlinking your Twitter and MySpace accounts, your personal blog and so on.

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Step 3. The Privacy Settings are equally important; they’re also under the Account menu. Facebook has tightened up some of its defaults, but it’s wise to check what you’re sharing with whom. In particular, don’t let third parties use your profile picture in their advertising, which may fool some of your less tech-savvy friends.

Step 4. If you log into Facebook with a mobile phone number, have signed up for Facebook texts or listed your number at sign-up, be aware that your phone number will be available for all your ‘friends’ to see (plus networks such as Foursquare). If you don’t want them to call you or send you text spam, alter your settings on the Mobile tab.

Step 5. Hackers often seek out a weak link, such as someone who appears to accept friends willy-nilly. Having been accepted, they try to become friends with that person’s friends, who assume the newcomer must be kosher. Go to Accounts, Edit friends for a list from which you can purge anyone you don’t actively know.

Step 6. You’d be surprised what you can learn about people based on their answers to Facebook’s quizzes. Most apps request permission to post your answers to the Live Feed and to your Wall but, even if you ignore such requests, commenting on someone else’s results could reveal more than you intended to.

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Rosemary Hattersley, PC Advisor

PayPal Phishing Scam

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

PayPal Phishing Scam

# Email asks you to confirm/update/verify your account data at PayPal by visiting the given link. You will be taken to a spoof website where your details will be captured for the phishers.

# PayPal never send their users emails requesting personal details in this way.

See Full Article Source:Miller Miles UK

Yahoo Phishing Scam

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Yahoo Phishing Scam

# Email asks you to confirm/update/verify your account data at Yahoo! Accounts Service by visiting the given link. You will be taken to a spoof website where your details will be captured for the phishers.

# Yahoo! Accounts Service never send their users emails requesting personal details in this way.

# The spoof website this email links to was not online at time of this report, but variations of the scam which link to working websites are bound to exist, so be wary! The website may have been taken down or disabled by the hosts, but quite often these websites are hosted on the personal computer of the phishers, so may only be online at certain times.

See full Article Source:Millers Miles UK

Federal Police Warning!!!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

PLEASE INFORM EVERYONE

PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS:

You should be alert during the next days:
Do not open any message with an attached filed called

‘Invitation’ regardless of who sent it.

It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch which ‘burns’ the whole hard disc C of your computer.

This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list,
That is why you should send this e-mail to all your contacts.

It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.

If you receive a mail called ‘invitation’, though sent by a friend, do not open it and shut down your computer immediately.

This is the worst virus announced by CNN, it has been classified by Microsoft as the most
destructive virus ever.

This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus.

This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept.

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Facebook Advertising-Free $50 advertising voucher

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

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E-security Awareness Week-www.staysmartonline.gov.au

Monday, June 16th, 2008

As part of E-security Awareness Week the Australian Government has launched a new website dedicated helping home users and small businesses to stay smart online. Visit www.staysmartonline.gov.au for more information.

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Ebay Scam

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Be warned…do not click on links within emails from people you do not know even if it is under the guise of Ebay..Google etc…

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Sunday, May 18th, 2008

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Google Fraud-Be Warned!

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

I received an email telling me my google account needed re-activating however when i arrived i got a warning from my virus protection that the page was a fraud. It landed directly on a page to fill your credit card details and when i went to check my google account the normal way…there is nothing wrong with it at all! This was the email i received…be warned do not re-activate account -check your google account as normal!

Subject: Please Re-activate your account
From: “Google AdWords”

This message was sent from a notification-only email address that does
not accept incoming email. Please do not reply to this message.
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Dear Google AdWords Customer,

Please sign in to your account at http://adwords.google.com/select/login , and update your billing information.
Your account will be reactivated as soon as you update your payment information.
Your ads will show immediately if you decide to pay for clicks via credit
or debit card. If you decide to pay by direct debit, we may need to receive
your signed debit authorization before your ads start running,
depending on your location.
If you choose bank transfer, your ads will show as soon as we receive your
first payment.

We look forward to providing you with the most effective advertising available.

Sincerely,

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