Being asked for your Facebook login and password at a job interview. Does this sound scary to you? It does to me that’s for sure, but nonetheless this was what happened to a guy from Seattle.
Justin Bassett from Seattle recently left a job interview in anger after being asked for his Facebook login information so the employer could check out his profile which was hidden from people who are not his friends. The employer had asked Justin the usual questions about experience, references and some character questions when she took out her laptop and found his profile on Facebook. Unfortunately for her Justin Bassett had been smart enough to hide all his personal information from strangers and only show it to people who are his friends on Facebook. The determined interviewer didn’t settle for this and so she turned the laptop around and asked Mr. Bassett for his login information so she could check out his profile.
A woman from Washington was using Facebook as any other day, but suddenly one day she got quite a surprise when looking at one of the “friend suggestions” that Facebook offers based on mutual friends, interests and other things. She was looking at a woman with whom she had something in common: the husband!
The woman’s identity has still not been made public, so we’ll call her Wife A. She was using Facebook when she saw a picture of the other woman, let’s call her Wife B, suggested by Facebook as a potential friend. When she clicked to see the profile of the suggested friend, with whom she had her husband as mutual friend, she was in for a surprise! She saw pictures from a wedding where the woman was standing next to the wedding cake – along with Wife A’s estranged husband! So Wife A did what any sane person would do: She called the mother-in-law.
17 girls, some as young as 14 yeas old and all from the same high school in Massachusetts, were recently called to the dean’s office for some shocking news: Pictures of all of them were found on a pornographic website along with their personal information such as their name and the name of their high school.
Now a federal investigation is underway looking into how the pictures of the 17 girls ended up on the pornographic website. The FBI is looking into whether any laws were broken when someone downloaded pictures from Facebook and put them on their pornographic website. According to former prosecutor Bill Fallon, there might not have been any illegal actions taking place as the pictures were freely available on the internet already. Continue reading
Whitney Houston died earlier this week, and it didn’t take more than a few days before the notorious Facebook scammers started taking advantage of the tragic news in order to lure people into clicking on their Facebook links.
The wording of this Facebook scam is as follows:
[video] – Whitney Houstons autopsy reveals a shocking secret that explains her death. – www.tmzdailynews10825.com – Breaking News: Coroners autopsy reports reveals a dark past and secret life which tragically led to Whitney Houstons death.
This is the wall post:
Marvin Potter, 60, (on the right), is in custody and is being charged with two counts of first degree murder. He is accused of having shot a couple that had both unfriended his 30-year-old daughter Jenelle on the social site Facebook, Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece said Wednesday.
The problems began when Billy Payne Jr. and his girlfriend, Billie Jean Hayworth, unfriended Marvin Potter’s daughter Jenelle on Facebook. According to the police, Jenelle started to harass the couple in the time leading up the murders on January 31st. Continue reading
The interior of Facebook data center in Prineville, Oregon
A $210 million monster data center in Prineville, Oregon has been built by Facebook. The data center has a capacity of 28 megawatts usage, this was revealed by Facebook earlier this week together with local economic development officials. The entire power usage of the whole county of Prineville was prior to this center being built only 30 megawatt, so the consumption will be doubled with this Facebook server center.
Facebook who according to the most recent rumors are preparing for their IPO to happen very soon, have built this 300,000 square foot monster, and apparently two more are on the way according to sources in the local community.
Firstly, the man who brought us Walker Texas Ranger, Chuck Norris is alive. A link to a video that claiming to shed light on the supposed death of the action movie and series star at 71 years old has hit Facebook users hard with an epidemic-like survey scam.
”Chuck Norris isn’t dead, and the messages point to an all-too-familiar survey scam.” commented Senior technology consultant at Sophos, Graham Culley. (Sophos is an international developer and vendor of security software and hardware including anti-spyware, anti-virus & anti-spam)
The text of the wall post is as follows:
[video] Chuck Norris dies at age 71! Not a Joke. – www.worldnews77551.com – See the video to find out how he died. News today of Chuck Norris death at age 71 has been met with confusion and humour, but sadly it is true.
Here’s how the wall-post looks like:
Whether you like it or not, very soon Facebook Timeline will be mandatory for all.
“Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline. When you get timeline, you’ll have 7 days to preview what’s there now. This gives you a chance to add or hide whatever you want before anyone else sees it.”
The above statement was given by Facebook Engineer Paul McDonald on January 24, 2012 in an update on facebook.com’s home blog.
Facebook announced that all profiles will be moved over into the new Timeline mode over the next few weeks. Since the birth of the Timeline in September 2011, users have had the chance to choose whether or not they would opt into Timeline, but now in a few weeks – the ‘older’ profile style will no longer be available.
Ignorance is the real enemy of many that complain about security on online social networks. Knowledge is key to knowing and understanding how facebook security features can protect you and the steps you can take to make sure that you have these features turned ON..
1. HTTPS browsing at all times
On most sites displaying or requiring valuable information (e.g. the payment page for online shopping) you might have noticed have noticed that the url of the webpage address starts with an “https://”
The additional “s” assures you that a secure code is being used for communication and no one can get hold of your valuable information.It is now possible to activate this HTTPS browsing for your facebook to run on secure codes at all times.
- Click the Account menu in the top right corner and select Account Settings.
- Next to the Account Security heading click the Change link.
- Check the “Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible” checkbox under the Secure Browsing (https) heading.
- Click the Save button.
The only potentially annoying thing is that once this setting is turned on, you have to be prepared for it to be turned off in certain situations. For instance the secure setting is not available in Facebook apps. Every time you enter one of the non secure areas you’ll be prompted that you are leaving the secure connection and you will have to respond ti this prompt each time.
Another Facebook Survey Scam is trending at the moment, more than 300,000 people has been lured into installing the rogue Facebook application and completed the surveys designed to make the scammers revenue. 300,000 is a very big number, and that goes to show how good a business these scams are for the people that are behind them, let’s say they get $0.10 per completed survey that’s $30,000 is a matter of days from this scam alone, and they have tons of scams running simultaneously.
The wording of this scam is the following:
wooow now I have seen how many hours I spend on Facebook…to find your time click here > > – on.fb.me/zn3Fvm
The wall post looks like this: