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How to avoid Facebook scams? │ Hass Associates Onl...

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mildredhughes
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How to avoid Facebook scams? │ Hass Associates Online Cyber Review

Is it possible to hack/scam your facebook in Nokia Lumia?or any other facebook capable Nokia Cellphones?

 

Recently I can't open up my facebook in my Lumia.I am not signing in any computer,laptop, just signing in only with my Lumia.And I am so surprised that when I search my own account via my new account(fb) my profile photo in my original account changed into a maskman.And indicating that my account was hacked.

 

For you all guys here's my tip to prevent this one.

I am an IT but i just simply clueless about this issue.

 

Q&A: How to avoid Facebook scams? Be a skeptic

Question: I fell for one of those Facebook scams. How do I make sure none of it is left on my Timeline and avoid that kind of mistake in the future?

Answer. This question most recently came from a friend who, in a moment of weakness, tried to claim an alleged offer for two free tickets on Southwest Airlines.

First, this person reported seeing the free-tickets ad on the profile of a trusted friend. A click on that opened a tiny browser window (unnoticed at first) and then copied the same scammy ad to my friend's profile.

It also opened a normal-sized browser window asking for personal information to claim the free tickets; my friend was suspicious enough by then to provide an incorrect birthday and back out after being asked to pay $9.99 a month.

But at that point, the bogus ad had littered the profiles of many Facebook pals. Later on, my friend also received telemarketing calls, spam text messages (if you get those, ask your carrier to waive any charges you'd pay to receive them), and about 50 more junk e-mails a day than before.

What happened here? The scam worked by exploiting a form of temporary authentication Facebook (like other sites) uses to avoid asking users to enter their passwords all the time.

Frederic Wolens, a Facebook security manager, explained that "user access token" hijacking enables the scammer to impersonate the victim. "They can act as if they were the user until that access token has been invalidated by Facebook," he wrote. "Most of the time we try and invalidate these tokens as soon as we detect a scam."

The hijacking could have happened in the tiny window the ad opened at first. Beth Jones, a researcher with the security firm Sophos, explained that con artists can use JavaScript tricks to hide links in part of or all of a page — for example, turning it into a giant "Like" button.

(Javascript is a form of Web code, no relation to Oracle's frequently-exploited Java software that adds basic interactivity to sites.)

Facebook's cleanup advice began with advising my friend to visit facebook.com/hacked, which will reset your password and walk you through ways to further secure your account.

Once you've regained control over your account — always the first step in recovering from an attack like this — you should delete every copy of the scam post. Go to your profile, click the "Activity Log" button, and then look for the offending ads. Steer the cursor just above and to the right of each one, click on the pencil icon that should appear, and select "Delete..." from that menu.

Sophos's Jones advised checking the apps that Facebook lists as recently installed. If you neither recognize one nor remember adding, it, remove it. And if you don't recognize pages that your profile says you like, they could have been added with the "likejacking" technique described earlier; remove them too.

 

There's no better defense against this than skepticism. Taking a minute to search for, say, "Southwest free tickets" before clicking on an ad that defied economic logic would have revealed that this scam has been circulating for years. As far back as May 2011, Southwest itself was trying to warn Facebook users, and last year the scam got a write-up on the Snopes mythbusting site.

As we say in newsrooms: "If your mother says she loves you, check it out."

Tip: Put Facebook and other social-network notifications on a diet

Many social-media sites operate as if you have a deep and abiding fear of missing out: They will e-mail you and pop notifications on your smartphone every time something of consequence happens.

That can be helpful when you're getting the hang of a new network, but after a few months most of these notices only gum up your inbox and your phone's screen. Turn off alerts about anything that doesn't require immediate action — for instance, Facebook friend requests and new status updates from pals you've added to your "Close Friends" list there, or new followers on Twitter or Tumblr.

On Facebook, go to your account-settings page and click "Notifications" to control what that network bugs you about on e-mail and on its site; open Facebook's mobile app to adjust its nags there. In Twitter, sign in at its site, click the gear-icon settings button at the top right and select "E-mail notifications." On Tumblr, click its own gear-icon settings button and choose "e-mail."

 

Source of this great tips:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/03/03/facebook-scam-timeline-social-media/1953975/

 

Can anyone help me what to do.I want to delete my original fb account.And wew,am I hacked through this Nokia Lumia?

 

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jimmyireland
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Re: How to avoid Facebook scams? │ Hass Associates Online Cyber Review

You did not get hacked through phone its that simple..
Common sense will tell you not to open any suspect links

If  i have helped at all a click on the white star below would be nice thanks.



Now using the Lumia 1520
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lisacotto95
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Re: How to avoid Facebook scams? │ Hass Associates Online Cyber Review

It isn’t your fault if you're a victim, internet security is just very loose.

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adrianhughes
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Lisacotto95, i severely doubt that. it only takes a little bit of common sense to determine if something is a scam, if it sounds too good to be true then it most likely is.
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ausooke
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just ignore those suspicious messages to avoid scams.. but, well..thanks for this scoop

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Re: How to avoid Facebook scams? │ Hass Associates Online Cyber Review

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creseldacabal
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I cannot believe war is everywhere, even in cyber world. Now cyberwar, people cannot get enough of their stupidity. Cyber world is taking over us. It run the world, we are no longer in control.
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joshmaecruz
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Some are not intimidated by cyber war, they ignore the danger of it. Them with them an aware they didn’t notice that criminals and foreign intelligence agencies vacuum up massive amounts of seemingly innocent, disparate data and weave it together into information that can be exploited.
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christinesmith
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