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No, Mark Zuckerberg isn’t giving Facebook users a free iPhone and iPad

Let’s talk about the importance of a Spam mail box in your email.  Today I’m doing my weekly spam check, before I empty my spam mail folder and I find this wonderfully, well written email from WoW! the CEO of Facebook!  Did I really get an email from him?  No, but at first glance it’s actually a pretty good spam copy.

But let’s talk about how you can know it’s a fake.  First I hovered over the email name which said Mark Zuckerberg. But by hovering over it I found an email account that was XXXX@hotmail.com.  I’m sure that account has already been closed, but I’m definitely not letting them know they found someone by replying.

Next, this email actually is pretty well written, without many of the common “tells” that let you know it is a fake message, like small errors in spelling, syntax or punctuation.   But if you look closely you will see many errors, they just aren’t glaringly obvious. I’ve highlighted them for you.

Lastly, the email address that this message came to isn’t associated with my Facebook account, so how would they have gotten it and why not use my name if it’s a personalized invitation to claim my prize?

The hope is that you will see some keywords like Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, iPad and iPhone, that will really get your attention and Continue reading No, Mark Zuckerberg isn’t giving Facebook users a free iPhone and iPad

It’s time for the Facebook Timeline and security concerns

If you have been dragging your heels, I mean your fingers on accepting yet another change on Facebook; soon you will have no choice.  The Facebook Timeline is here to stay, at least until Facebook decides to make another not so bigger and better change.  Feb. 11, 2012, Facebook users all over the world may once again post their “I hate the new Facebook” on their status but more importantly they may be posting, “I hate the new Facebook timeline security, which isn’t so secure.”

According to Sophos Security  over 4000 people responded to a poll regarding the new Facebook Timeline.  Almost 52% stated that they were worried about security and another 32% said they don’t “know why they are still on Facebook” and only 7.96 reported they “liked it.”

One major concern is pointed out by Naked Security blog, “Facebook is encouraging users to enter even more personal details about themselves and their life experiences, and making it simpler for others to view the information,” Cluley writes on the Naked Security blog.

“But might this not also make it even easier for identity thieves to put together a profile about an individual, discover the name of their first pet, and so forth? That’s all information which could be put to a nefarious use.”

Cluley tested his out, and was “shocked” to find out how much information he had shared since he first started using Facebook.  I admit that with time running out, I’ve been spending a little “time” working on my Timeline to try to delete those things that I don’t want shared, since sharing seems to be the keyword on the new Facebook Timeline, but in this case sharing is definitely not “caring.”

Cluley has left Facebook saying, “In a nutshell, if I don’t think that I can get my head around how to protect my personal information and updates on Facebook then – as someone who advises others on how to best remain private – I should quit.”

 So what are some of the security concerns about the new Facebook Timeline? Continue reading It’s time for the Facebook Timeline and security concerns

Credit Cards Rewards? There’s an ‘app’ for that as credit cards join forces with social networking

As credit cards become even more competitive, and less not more are using them, credit card companies may be trying to get social with you and their rewards system.    Find out which credit cards may be interacting with you in a whole new way.

Citigroup will be thanking customer with thank you rewards that they can “pool” together in a new Facebook application.  The Facebook application allows users to join points and use them to benefit a charity, a person or a gift.  For example, 20 people could share their points together, and use them to purchase an airline ticket for a friend.   Citi says it’s the first bank to offer such a feature.

After a successful launch of a Citigroup app which permitted customers to transfer points to one another using the banks online banking service, it decided to expand the rewards sharing capability and program by offering it social media. Continue reading Credit Cards Rewards? There’s an ‘app’ for that as credit cards join forces with social networking

Is Facebook following you everywhere you go online?

Facebook recently made yet another round of updates commonly referred to as f8 across the web, but so far most people I know have been referring to it by yet another f word, that I won’t repeat so as not to offend.  For many the update has made it more difficult to do many of the things that we loved about using this ever popular social networking site.  Supposedly the changes are “improvements” to make it easier to sync your information and contacts and to share information across the web.   As much as many users disliked the updates and upgrades, they would hate the thought that Facebook may be tracking their movements on the Internet, even after they have logged out.

Josh Wolford shares an article in Webpro News about wondering “Is Facebook Tracking Everywhere You Go Online?” and one writer shares, “Logging out doesn’t seem to help.”

Information from Australian hacker and writer Nik Cubrilovic, shows what information about his Internet use went to Facebook while he was logged in and then he did another test tracking information that went to Facebook while he was logged out.

Here is what he found;

The primary cookies that identify me as a user are still there (act is my account number), even though I am looking at a logged out page. Logged out requests still send nine different cookies, including the most important cookies that identify you as a user.”

This is not what ‘logout’ is supposed to mean – Facebook are only altering the state of the cookies instead of removing all of them when a user logs out.

This means if you visit a page that has a Facebook share button whether you are logged on or off that information is being sent to Facebook. After all, those ads on the side can’t all be targeted to you simply because of your social 0r business networking.

Apparently this is not news to Facebook, according to the Facebook Privacy Policy

We receive data whenever you visit a game, application, or website that uses Facebook Platform or visit a site with a Facebook feature (such as a social plugin). This may include the date and time you visit the site; the web address, or URL, you’re on; technical information about the IP address, browser and the operating system you use; and, if you are logged in to Facebook, your User ID.

Don’t like it? What can you do about it?  Here are his recommendations,

The advice is to log out of Facebook. But logging out of Facebook only de-authorizes your browser from the web application, a number of cookies (including your account number) are still sent along to all requests to facebook.com. Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit. The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate browser for Facebook interactions.

Facebook has responded to some of the problems with “cookies’ and tracking and Cubrilovic has updated his blog to discuss this change.  They also share with ZDNet where they  “explicitly state that Facebook does not track users’ web activity. They also explain the purpose of logged out cookies.”

But it didn’t make that much of a change.  In a nutshell, you are leaving footprints in the sand, wherever you go when you use Facebook.

Read the entire article Is Facebook Tracking You Wherever You Go to find out more details on this topic.

For more about the tests conducted and technology discussed in this article visit Nik Cubrilovic’s blog.

So what do you think? Does all this create a more “friction-less sharing experience”  Mark Zuckerberg used in his f8 keynote talk or does it create a little friction between you and your Facebook use?


This image went viral quickly after the newest Facebook updates.

Facebook Answers Tough Questions by Users & US Government

Well I guess we finally heard it straight from “the horse’s mouth.”  If you are a Facebook user and you don’t want something shared then don’t post it. In a recent Q&A session between Facebook’s Vice President for Public Policy Elliot Schrage and questions posted through a forum through the New York Times Schrage says, “If you’re not comfortable sharing, don’t.”  However, Facebook doesn’t seem to be making it hard for you to share – or for others to obtain the information either.  Find out the answers to your questions about Facebook’s release of information policies and who may be “profiling” you.

One of the questions is one that I am sure many users of Facebook would like answered, Continue reading Facebook Answers Tough Questions by Users & US Government

Facebook and Fake Modeling Agencies that Target Teens

Aspiring models and actors may get more than they bargained for if they respond to a Fake Modeling Agency “ad” on Facebook.  Law enforcement officials in the United Kingdom report that fake modeling agencies have been trolling the popular social networking site attempting to get pictures of minors in their underwear. These agencies claim the photos are necessary to determine if they could be a model.  These fake agencies are very convincing, even going so far as to set up websites and use company logos, sometimes even falsely assuming the identity of legitimate modeling agencies, making their solicitation even more believable.

Law enforcement official in the UK warn:

“Do not be fooled by these emails, a reputable modelling agency would never approach you in this way. Do not post pictures online of yourself posing in your underwear and if you are under 18 these photographs may be indecent under UK law.

You have no control when posting photos on the internet where they may end up and they could appear on the internet forever. If you do find yourself in a situation of this nature online you can use the CEOP Report Abuse Button which is now available as an app on Facebook or contact police.”  (Detective Sergeant Ed Jones, from Leicestershire Constabulary’s/UK Press)

The UK’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center recommends that children’s Facebook page privacy settings should be set to private, or friends only.  I would add that parents should regularly and unexpectedly check their child’s friends pages for those people who are really not so friendly.

Facebook is working with the police and a spokesperson states “The safety of the people who use Facebook is our top priority. Unfortunately there will always be malicious people who try to fool people, both online and offline. Just as you should check if someone ‘scouting’ you in a shopping centre really is a legitimate model agent you should also use the same caution on Facebook.

“We encourage people using Facebook to think carefully before they add a new friend and check that the person is who they claim to be and not to add or accept friend requests from people they don’t know. It’s against Facebook’s rules to use a fake name or operate under a false identity. We provide our users with the tools to report anyone they think is doing this via report links on every page of our site and we strongly recommend their use.”

Parents, a little supervision can go a long way whether it’s helping your child determine whether an email asking them to be an extra in the latest Twilight Saga , warning them about online sextortion or advising them about the latest online Facebook, Twitter or MySpace scams.

What is your best advice for keeping your children safe online?

FBI Program Offered in Schools to Help Keep Kids Safe Online

Did you know a staggering one in seven youngsters has received unwanted sexual solicitations online? And that one in 11 has experienced some type on online bullying? That’s according to the FBI’s website touting a program designed to keep kids safe while online.

Did you also know that the FBI works to educate kids and their parents about the Internet—both the wonderfully educational and insidiously opportunistic aspects of it? They offer schools a Safe Online Surfing program to help students recognize, avoid and report  online risks.

The Safe Online Surfing (SOS) program Continue reading FBI Program Offered in Schools to Help Keep Kids Safe Online

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10 Most Despicable Scams of 2010

Unfortunately 2010 was wrought with hundreds of scams from fake charities to Internet hoaxes but we’ve compiled a list of ten despicable scams that we want to be sure you are aware of and know how to protect yourself in 2011.

1. Gulf Coast Oil Spill Scams

The Gulf Coast Oil Spill of 2010 is a tragic environmental disaster.  What’s even more despicable than watching oil-covered wildlife die?  Finding out that you’ve “donated” to a scam claiming to help Gulf Coast clean up or even “paid” to be trained to volunteer to help with the clean up.  Oil spill related scams have been rampant and yes, despicable in 2010. The BBB has a page of resources to help those who want to help, to give wisely.

Beware of:  People offering you a clean up job, but asking for a fee for your training. Continue reading 10 Most Despicable Scams of 2010

Be careful what you like on Facebook: Latest in “like” scams

We all know how useful the “like” button can be on Facebook. We can quickly “like” a photo, article, news piece or business.  By “liking” a website, business, product, or service we can keep up to date with information as well as help to promote them, we can even get free products, coupons and samples with the every useful “like” button. But unfortunately far too often, what you “like” will turn into something you and your friends will really dislike!

The latest – though not so greatest viral like button scams on Facebook went crazy just this week. Within moments thousands of people had “liked” Continue reading Be careful what you like on Facebook: Latest in “like” scams