Courtesy of Jane Andrew
With almost 901 million users, Facebook is the biggest social networking website and portal on the internet. Created in February 2004, Facebook has broken all records and in only 8 years has bridged the gap between global communications.
Nearly everyone you know is on Facebook, from little kids to older grandparents, it’s an addiction that’s hard to leave. Who would want to leave regular communication with friends and family and keeping yourself updated with whatever’s happening to those you love.
With millions of users Facebook has always been an attraction for hackers, who are ever ready with their PC monitoring software repertoire, the most noteworthy being key-logging apps.
The recent Linkedln breach showed users how unsafe their personal data is but still they trust Facebook and everyday new users keep pouring in, either to keep contact with old friends or make new friends or even conduct business.
Recently Facebook encountered a spam application that made people believe that it was the main Facebook application and that was an official message from Facebook. The “warning” asked users to verify their profiles before 20th June 2012 to avoid scams under the new SOPA ACT.
All those accounts that failed to verify their information would be terminated. People rushed to save their Facebook accounts and ended up verifying their accounts.
Once the Facebook team was notified they rushed to undo the damage and that increases Facebook’s credibility as a protected pioneer. As soon as they found this out they went to take action against the application and all those that aimed to reduce Facebook’s credibility by tricking users.
According to Facebook’s spokesmen they want to create a protective and dependable portal for users, they want to get their attention as well as their confidence and hence Facebook invests deeply in protecting its users from any such events.
Although Facebook tried to control this spam it still reached many people. Once the person verified their account by providing their information to the spam application they were asked to notify all their friends and hence the thread moved on from one account to another until Facebook took control. The spam application took the information in its own hands and sent out messages to other users.
This example only shows how vast Facebook’s communications net is. People don’t want anything to happen to their accounts and hence fall for spam messages and applications that may cause problems to their accounts validity and personal information.
When making amendments for this issue the Facebook team says that they wouldn’t ask for their user’s personal or account information using wall-posts or inbox messages or applications that suggest they’re “friends of Facbook”.
Facebook has its own personal methods of verification and they’ll use only proper and secure methods when collecting information. They’ve also cancelled all the notations and rumors spreading about shutting down accounts that haven’t been active or starting to charge Facebook users a premium for the provided service.
They’ve even warned the user’s to never give their passwords or login information to any third party applications or “Facebook notifications” as they would never ask for such information, they have personal databases for these errands.
Also Facebook has asked its users to not to spread any messages or information to friends as this spreads spam and viruses very quickly and is at times hard to take care of.
For all those Facebook user’s out there, think before you give out your information to anyone, it may take away your accounts right and considering you’re trying to save your Facebook account you’ll only end up giving it away so the next time a spam message pops up, ignore it.
Jane Andrew is a writer and guest blogger of mobistealth keylogger with years of experience in tech industry. She loves to write about PC monitoring software and keylogger software. You can also follow her on Twitter @janeandrew01 or visit http://www.mobistealth.com/pc-monitoring-software for more information.
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