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Hackers are perfect opportunists. They will not leave any stone unturned in the effort to wreak havoc on your peaceful life. And this time, it seems, they have targeted the SMS regulations in India that are enforced for the next fifteen days.

So if you are reading this post, chances are that you are an addicted to staying in touch with your friends. But due the the SMS regulations you can not reach your friends who are not used to sitting in front of the computer all day. So what do you do? Obvious choice – use WhatsApp! I am sure the application is going to see a severe spike in usage for the next fortnight.

What if WhatsApp came up with a Facebook app? They should think about it. But someone else has already done it.

So chances are that you will land upon such a screen. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT approve the application!

Because once you click on “Go to App”, it will take details of your friends who are online at that point! See the pic below for reference.

Nevertheless, it takes you to a web page that does some processing, you can see the “Wait” button. In the meantime, it is parsing through your online friends and sending them the same app request that you received. The app is now viral…

But finally, everything in this world has money in the roots and this spam is not an exception. If you are expecting that after completing the survey shown on the screen you will get access to premium content, you need to go back to the fifth grade.

This application is a perfect example of spam. Please take care that you don’t get caught in it!

Please circulate this message to your friends. By doing so, you can support our effort in keeping the cyber space a safer place to live in.

via http://blog.pratikar.com/2012/08/fake-whatsapp-facebook-app-is-a-spam-machine/


want to prevent criminals from hacking your Timeline? Ignore those alarmist Facebook status updates and follow these steps instead.

Concerned about the security of your Facebook account? You should be. As the Wall Street Journal recently reported, “social spam” is the new black among the black hats. But that doesn’t mean you should believe every silly rumor and/or status update you see about it.

Lately I’ve been seeing the following status update crop up on the walls of some of my otherwise savvy friends:

Hello friends, as you all know I like to keep my FB private except to those I am friends with. So if you all would do the following, I’d appreciate it. With the new FB timeline on its way this week for EVERYONE, please do both of us a favor. Hover over my name above. In a few seconds you’ll see a box that says : "Subscribed". Hover over that, then go to "comments and likes" and unclick it. That will stop my posts and yours to me from showing up on the bar side for everyone to see, but most importantly it limits hackers from invading our profiles. If you repost this I will do the same for you. You’ll know I’ve acknowledged you because if you tell me that you’ve done it I’ll "like" it.

This is, of course, donkey manure. It is yet another hoax some dork without a life started propagating across Facebook a few weeks or months ago. It’s harmless, but it is also full of misinformation. To wit:

First: Though Timeline will be rolled out to all Facebook users sometime soon, I think the privacy concerns are overblown. Unless you have a dark Facebook history you’re trying to hide, there’s no cause for alarm (and if you do have a dark Facebook history, you’ve got bigger problems than Timeline).

Second: Yes, you can follow the instructions to manage what you subscribe to and from whom. But all you’ll achieve is banishing your friends’ likes and comments from your News Ticker. Period, full stop. You’ll still see their posts in your News Feed or on their walls; it does nothing – nada, zilch, squat – to protect you from hackers.

You want to protect yourself from being hacked? Do this.

Make sure you’ve enabled Secure Browsing

That uses an encrypted (https) connection instead of the standard one, which scrambles your data so that creep sitting behind you in Starbucks can’t use Firesheep or a similar network sniffer to steal your Facebook logon out of the air.

Turn on Secure Browsing in FacebookTurn on Secure Browsing in Facebook

If you don’t already have this turned on, here’s how to do it: Go to your Account Settings. Click the Security icon on the left and select Secure Browsing * Edit. Put a checkmark in the box next to “Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) when possible.” Click Save Changes, and you’re done. Easy peasy.

Turn on Login Notifications

This will alert you when your Facebook account has been accessed from a new device. Follow the same steps as above, only select the next item on the list. If somebody who isn’t you is accessing your account, you’ll get an e-mail.

Add a security code to new devices

If you want to be extra cautious, go to item number three in the Security Settings and set up Login Approvals. This will send a new passcode to your mobile phone every time you log into Facebook from an unknown device, which you’ll then have to use as your login password. It’s a bit of a hassle, so only do this if you’re really concerned about Facebook security (or more paranoid than the average bear).

Change your password early and often

Yes, I usually ignore this too. But if you get alerts about somebody accessing your account who isn’t you, or see weird posts and messages on your Facebook page that you didn’t put there, odds are good somebody hacked or guessed your password. First step in the recovery process is to change your password ASAP. Follow the usual advice about using upper/lower case letters, numbers, oddball characters, etc. Yes, it’s annoying, but it’s also just as annoying to hackers, and that’s the point.

One caveat on the above: If somebody’s already hacked your email account, they’ll also be getting all your password recovery emails. So you’d better secure that first, following the same steps.

Do not fall for the Remove Facebook Timeline scamDo not fall for the Remove Facebook Timeline scam. (Source: ZDNet’s Zero Day blog)

Be wary of scams

For example: the bogus “Remove Facebook Timeline” scam that is now circulating. Clicking “Continue” or “Like” on that one could allow the scammer to hijack your account. If you see an alarming message in somebody’s Facebook status updates, visit Snopes.com or just Google it and check it out before buttering it all over your page too. Odds are it isn’t what you think.

Be smart

Going out on the InterWebs without adequate security software – anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-you-name-it – is like wandering into a tigers cage slathered in Everett & Jones barbecue sauce. If your PC has been compromised by a keylogger or remote access Trojan (RAT), none of these defenses will do you much good. There’s a word for people who go online without adequate protection, and that word is “lunch.”

as said by Dan T

Be honest: has Facebook chat ever been your favorite form of instant messaging? For many of us, Gchat, Skype or even AIM are our preferred defaults. Now, a new gimmick is making us like Facebook’s built-in chat function a whole lot more. As demonstrated in the photo above, you can make the profile pictures of Facebook users and pages show up inside your chat windows.

Here’s how:

    1. Start chatting with someone (pretty simple).
    2. When you’d like to refer to a mutual friend or, say, Coca Cola, you dump their profile id (either their name or a string of numbers for those users who haven’t claimed their choice URL) into double brackets. So, that would be [[cocacola]] for a picture of Coke, [[zuck]] for Mark Zuckerberg and [[mashable]] for the logo of where your learned about this new feature, and so on.
    3. Amaze everyone on Facebook chat with this cool new gimmick.

via  Zoe Fox



The HTC Status, a BlackBerry-like smartphone with a dedicated Facebook share button, will be available in AT&T stores for $50 on July 17, AT&T announced Monday.

Targeted at the younger crowd–and if you don’t believe me, sneak a peek at Best Buy’s exclusive mauve edition–the HTC Status may prove a hit with kids who spend much of their day on the world’s largest social network.

The share button below the Status’ physical keyboard provides fast access to key Facebook features. For example, you can post on your (or a friend’s) wall by pressing the button from the home screen. And you can check into Facebook Places, the social net’s Foursquare-like check-in service, by pressing and holding the share button.

The Status is the first AT&T phone to run Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread). Its enhanced version of the HTC Sense interface has deeper hooks into Facebook, including a Facebook chat app that lets you continue chatting even when you take a call, play a game, or browse the Web, AT&T says.

Unfortunately, the phone’s display is nothing to chat about: a 2.6-inch touch screen with 480-by-320 resolution. The rear-facing, 5-megapixel camera has auto-focus and LED flash; the front camera has VGA resolution.

AT&T’s website is now taking pre-orders for the Facebook-friendly HTC Status. Will we see a Google+ version somewhere down the road?


as said by By Jeff Bertolucci from PC World.


imageAnother day, another Facebook privacy fiasco. And this time it’s a doozy according to security experts at Symantec. Symantec found Facebook has accidentally exposed users’ info to third parties, including advertisers, for the past four years. But we do have a solution to fix it..look at the bottom of post to know how.

The good news is once Facebook was alerted the problem the social network took action. But, some Facebook users might still be vulnerable to a digital invasions of privacy unless they take action. Here is what happened.

The Facebook Privacy Flub

Symantec claims Facebook has not only leaked private data such as your sex and your age, but for the past four years third-parties have had access to such goldmines as your profile, photos, and chats. Symantec also blats Facebook for giving third parties the ability to post things to your wall.

Luckily, there’s an upside–Symantec says it’s likely that said third parties weren’t even aware of the data mines sitting under their feet. After all, the leakage was accidental.

How it Happened

According to Symantec, certain Facebook applications have been inadvertently leaking "access tokens" to third parties such as advertisers and analytic platforms. Symantec estimates that close to 100,000 Facebook apps were enabling this leakage in February 2011.

When you install an application on your Facebook account, a little window pops up. This window usually asks you to give the application certain permissions, such as the ability to see your info and publish posts to your wall. When you click "Allow," the application is granted these permissions–which are also known as "access tokens."

Most of these access tokens expire after a short period of time, but Facebook also allows applications to request "offline access tokens." Offline access tokens allow the application to access your Facebook account even if you’re logged off, and do not expire until you change your Facebook password.

According to Symantec, in the process of granting access tokens to applications, Facebook has been inadvertently dropping the same tokens to third parties. Facebook introduced third-party applications in 2007, so there’s no telling how many access tokens were dropped in the past four years.

What it Means for You

Facebook has been alerted to the situation and has fixed the problem, Symantec is happy to report. However, third parties may still be able to access your information if they were given offline tokens that don’t expire until you change your password.


So this means you should change your password.

And probably, stop trusting Facebook. But that’s another story.


as said by By Sarah Jacobsson Purewal

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