FB Messenger Warning



FBI has issued a warning about IMs including FB Messenger being used by hackers to trick users into opening malicious links. The links send them to URLs that harvests their personal data.

The hackers prompt unsuspecting users to open links with enticing questions like ‘Hey I waw this video. Isn’t this you?’. Curious people will open the link. Didn’t curiosity kill the cat? The most common ploy is a link that leads the user to a site that mimics a FB login page. Another ploy leads the user to a site that automatically harvests the personal data without requiring the user to manually enter the data.

Many users use the same email and password for login data on other sites, so the harvested data can be used to access their bank accounts, frequent flyer miles and other financial assets.

The FBI recommends to avoid clicking on any links unless you can verify the person sending you the link.


FB Wants User’s Banking Data



After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, FB now is requesting that banks share detailed information on their customers. They are asking for data on credit card transactions and checking account balances.

FB wants to form a partnership with the banks to allow FB to financially serve their users. Using the Messenger app, users are already able to send and receive money but currently it is an opt-in feature.

According to FB spokesperson, Elisabeth Diana, “We don’t use purchase data from banks or credit card companies for ads. We also don’t have special relationships, partnerships, or contracts with banks or credit card companies to use their customers’ purchase data for ads”. Are you willing to place your trust in FB after their past actions. It is also hard to place any faith in the banking system so when all is said and done, you should be hoping for a new financial transfer system which circumvents the banks as well as FB.


Deleted Facebook: Now What?


After Mark Z. told Congress he didn’t know anything about users sharing their information with nefarious persons, I killed my account. Doing so, I soon learned I have no friends. At least no family friends using Steemit, MeWe, or anything else. It’s kind of sad because many of them used to post a few things of interest. However, the trade off of getting so much negative political crap outweighs losing out on a message from Aunt Sally.

In many ways, this is a do-over. A second chance to see what else is out there and make some new friends.

A few things before you kill Facebook:

  • Let others know you are leaving
    • To just leave makes no sense to most people. They are happy to share their bits without worrying some political focus group has stolen their likes and dislikes.
    • So let them know why you are leaving and where to find you.
  • Send your family and friends a way to reach you
    • For most family, they rely on Facebook as a refrigerator bulletin board. If you fail to see the bulletin board that is your fault. Give your beloved family an email, text address, or another way to find you if they absolutely have to.
  • Find a good book to read or something to satisfy the urge to look at your Facebook feed every 2 seconds
    • Social media addicts people about as bad as cigarettes. That dopamine fix really grabs you. So find something else to do. Plant a flower. Call a friend. After time you will forget about Facebook.

Just my thoughts on the issue. Now go post something to 😉

Facebook Account Hacked

Source: Mann’s facebook account was compromised and he found more than 100 fraudulent payments adding up to about 12,000 pounds. He admittedly stored his debit card details on the site. Under facebook’s systems once a purchase is made, future authorization for payment will not be requested. He discovered the fraud when he found 110 transactions to a online gambling site which he had never used or visited. He contacted the bank and his card was cancelled. The bank advised him to remove his card information from the website. Initially facebook began to reimburse the monies taken but then the reimbursements stopped. They reimbursed him about 1/2 of the money he lost. He checked his facebook account and initially all the 110 transactions were listed. He contacted facebook and raised a dispute, after this he checked his account and all the transactions were erased from the site. He received messages from facebook requesting more information about the fraudulent payment and referred him to a link which Mr. Mann said “didn’t work”. He complains that Barclays (his bank) nor facebook was very cooperative in assisting him in recovering his money. After 2 months, facebook finally reimbursed him in total.

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