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Is your friend really a friend on Facebook?

Discussion in 'FaceBook' started by Koqui, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. Koqui

    Koqui Registered Member

    December 27, 2010|By Sarah L0ndi, -0rland0 Sentinel

    Facebook is the latest hot spot for swindlers in search of new victims.
    And the world's most popular social-networking website can be a gold mine for such crooks, experts say.


    Scams on social-media sites are much the same as the ones you may have received as e-mail, said Kevin Johnson, a consultant for Secure Ideas, which does security research.


    "The big difference in the [social-networking] scams is the level of trust that the users have,'' he said. "People trust them more than they trust e-mail."


    Over time, we've become leery of unusual e-mails with strange links, but many people's ingrained suspicions of e-mail scams have not carried over to Facebook. The social network tries to keep track but isn't responsible for everything on its site.


    Cybercriminals on Facebook today come cloaked as real friends sending messages asking you to wire them money in a foreign country or posting a note on your wall with a funny video that's really a dangerous link.
    The scammers are smart, sneaky and hoping you fall for their tricks. They do it for various reasons, including stealing your identity or using your personal data to sell to marketers or simply spread malicious software that can destroy your computer.


    They lure victims many ways, such as offering fake gift cards or a chance to win gadgets simply by clicking on a link or that oh-so-common Facebook "Like" button. But to win, the con artists say, you have to answer some questions and provide a cell-phone or credit-card number.
    "People automatically trust that, if it's on Facebook, then it's probably secure and vetted by Facebook in some way," said Tom Eston, a senior consultant for SecureState, a security-management consulting firm.
    But even Facebook admits that keeping its customers safe is difficult.


    "Facebook faces a security challenge that few, if any, other companies or even governments have faced ? protecting more than 500 million people on a service that is under constant attack," company spokesman Simon Axten said. "The fact that less than 1 percent of Facebook users have ever encountered a security issue on the site is a significant achievement of which we are very proud."




    Facebook has created a system to combat identity theft, viruses and suspicious log-in attempts. Its security team looks for strange activity that may mean an account has been compromised. The company can delete fake messages and block links. And it does go after scammers in court.


    -=look out=-
     
  2. ``Yousef

    ``Yousef Power Member

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    When you actually know what you're talking about in a particular area, you realize that the way the news relays it is completely skewed and frankly fucking retarded. It's not the trust between "friends" that allows these slap up CPA Lead apps and pages to grow and prosper, which is essentially what they're trying to reference, it's the viral functionality of Facebook that does it.
     
  3. chinaman

    chinaman Newbie

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    Nope - most of the people on my FB are people I don't know - or people from high school I don't really want to talk to anymore-lol
     
  4. DarrylGoh

    DarrylGoh Newbie

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    Not at all, 90 percent i have never even talked to XD
     
  5. Business Directory

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    Only losers add friends on facebook that they don't even know.
     
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    lol.. you were right on only "loser" add friend they don't know but if all of them only accept friend they know, what will happen to fb marketing?
     
  7. chronic

    chronic Newbie

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    If you didn't add people or accept people you didn't know then you would never get to know people from around the world.. One of Facebook's claims is to allow you to make new friends ;)
     
  8. plex_brahial

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    I have 680 friends on my facebook account and I know 8 of them- the rest I have no idea who they are LOL
     
  9. july23

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    I agree.. I am a loser who own 400 accounts with 200+ friends on each of them and i don't even know who the hell they are. I wonder what a loser like me will gonna do with them ;)