Category: Social Media

Tips on Facebook Privacy

If you’re happy with the amount of information that Facebook has about you, then no problem.

But if Facebook’s intrusion into your private life does concern you, then there are ways to reduce what they know about you.

  1. Revoke app permissions

It is convenient to let other APPS and websites use your Facebook login and password rather than having to create and remember yet another login and password.

But that gives Facebook a lot of information on your activities on those APP – that’s probably why Facebook let you login to other APPS using your Facebook credentials.

Click on the arrow in the top right hand corner of your screen, then select Settings and Privacy then APPS and websites to review which services use your Facebook credentials and consider revoking them.

  1. Categories used to target adverts at you

Facebook collects your data so that they can sell it to advertisers.

But you can which categories they have you in and delete them.

In Settings and Privacy select Ads and you’ll see the categories and be able to change them.

  1. Turn off Location History

If you turn off Location Tracking on your smart phone then Facebook on that phone cannot track locations.

You may want to turn this feature off in your computer as well.

Settings and Privacy, then select Settings, then select Location and you cans top Facebook trying to track where you are.

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Facebook Privacy Check

Facebook can help you to review your privacy settings.

This feature is called Privacy Check-up and you can access it by clicking the small down triangle icon at the top right corner of the Facebook screen. You click “Settings and Privacy” then “Privacy Check-up”.

Things you can review in Privacy Checkup:

  • Advert preferences
  • Who can see what you share
  • How to keep your account secure
  • How people can find you on Facebook
  • Your data settings
  • How to keep your account secure

Everyone should go through these options carefully and restrict access to your account information, restrict who sees your posts and so on.

The less the criminals can see of your activity the safer. You do not strangers seeing your birthdate, phone number, relationship status etc.

The section on keeping your account secure contains good advice on having a strong password and turning on alerts means you will be warned if here is an unusual login to your account.

Many people use Facebook to login to other services – this saves on having extra logins but means Facebook knows a lot more about your activities. You can also review which APPS you have given permission to access your Facebook details. If you’re not sure why an APP needs that access then revoke that permission.

Stay safe on Facebook and periodically use the Privacy checker to make sure all is in order

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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LinkedIn Phishing Scams

LinkedIn is the social media network for business people, with over 500 million subscribers.

Generally, users trust LinkedIn more than the other social media services as it has had more real content, less advertising, people behaving better e.g. not posting offensive material and so on.

However, scammers have noticed that people trust messages from LinkedIn more than say from Facebook and aim to take advantage of that.

Scammers may send messages claiming to be someone interesting, but commonly they hijack accounts and use them to send what appear to be genuine messages from real people.

Protect Your Account

  • Limit the contact information on your profile – do not include sensitive information such as home phone number or address.
  • Don’t click on suspicious links – links in any unexpected message should not be clicked on.
  • Think carefully before accepting a connection request from anyone you don’t know in the real world. LinkedIn is great for building a network, but you must know who’s in it and whether they are safe.

Phishing messages are now very common on LinkedIn. These are where the sender pretends to be someone you would trust e.g. a LinkedIn worker or someone from a large well-known business.

They try to con you into giving away key information or financial information or enough personal information to sell to other scammers and identity thieves.

 Warning Signs of a Phishing Message:

  1. Messages containing bad spelling, grammar, and that aren’t addressed to you personally.
  2. Messages asking you to act immediately.

Common message titles include:-

  • Subject: Account Suspended
  • Subject: LinkedIn Closing & Termination of your Account
  • Subject: LinkedIn Profile Security Alert
  • Subject: YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE TERMINATED

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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Facebook Friends PayPal Scam

You get a message on Facebook from a friend.

The friend tells a story about selling an item on eBay or similar service, but has a problem with her PayPal account.

She asks you to let her send the payment to your PaylPal account, instead of hers.

That may sound safe – after all, she’s putting money into your account.

But, it is not safe.

The way the scam works is that she will pay money into your PayPal account (supposedly from some business) and ask you to transfer it to her bank account immediately.

Once you do that, she will issue a PayPal charge back to remove her payment to you and your PayPal account goes negative and the scammer gets away with the money – at your expense.

If someone you know approaches you on social media or email with an odd proposition – verify that it is the person you expect, not someone who has hacked the account and is simply pretending to be the friend.

Do not allow anyone to use your PayPal account for any reason.

If you have any experiences with Facebook scams do let me know, by email.

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LinkedIn Fake Messages

The LinkedIn social media service for business people is very popular and can be very useful.

It is largely free of the scams and spam messages that fill Facebook, Twitter and many others, but scammers are increasingly targeting its users as they tend to trust messages more than for example  Facebook users.

A new set of phishing scam messages is appearing where the scammer has gone to the trouble of making the messages a copy of genuine LinkedIn messages. The title is something like “New Business Invitation Inquiry”  and the message reads like a normal LinkedIn contact message.

Mountai Hui Yan Group Ltd.

Yan Hing (project manager).

Please send me a quotation.”
Then two buttons. One for Accept and one for Review Message.

Whichever you press leads to a fake login screen.

The scammers intention is to get your login details either to sell to other scammers or to take control of your account and use it for scamming more people. 

Take care with LinkedIn as there are more scammers than ever trying to take advantage of the platform.

If you have any experiences with phishing scams do let me know, by email.

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The Facebook Messenger Scam

There are numerous Facebook based scams with people pretending to know you or trying to get you to click a link to something containing malware.

 

This latest one involves the scammer impersonating someone you know and sending you a Facebook messenger message such as “Is this really you in this video”.

The scammer wants you to click the link to see what video is being talked about.

 

If you do click, your get a screen asking you to login to Facebook.

 

This is fake of course – if you input your login and password these are sent to the scammer who can then change your password and takeover your Facebook account.

 

It can be easy to just click a link from a ‘friend’, but it can be dangerous and scammers know to pretend to be someone you trust.

Scammers have a variety of ways of getting your friends email addresses so take the time to read messages from friends and do not assume they are genuine unless you check.

Be very careful before clicking any link in an unsolicited email message or Messenger message, text message or any other online message.

If you have any experiences with these Facebook scams do let me know, by email.

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