Facebook Series Part 1: Facebook and Your Security

This post will kick off a series on a couple of things to be aware of in terms of Facebook and the types of things not to share on this popular social networking site.

First off, Facebook offers huge opportunities to those who wish to hack into your online bank account. It is a perfect avenue to trick you into sharing your personal information that can be linked to your actual password, or answers to the security questions that you have set up to access it. Hackers know that most people utilize the same password, or same group of passwords, for all of their online accounts. Many try to gain access to your Facebook in case you have used the same password for your account and your bank account.

If you haven’t, there are plenty of other ways these crooks can gain the information they want using seemingly harmless games and surveys such as….

“Who Knows You Best?”

Can you do this? My middle name __________, my age ___, my favorite soda _______, my birthday ___/___/___, whose the love of my life ______, my best friend _____, my favorite color ______, my eye color _______, my hair color ______ my favorite food ________ and my mom’s name __________. Put this as your status and see who knows you best.

Look familiar? This can show up in anyone’s newsfeed, giving them the answers to many password security questions–or even your password itself.

Unlocking secret questions

If you receive a message telling you a question has been answered about you that you need to “unlock,” you will be required to give permission to allow the application to access your data at any time. You can’t take this back–and you are required to answer questions about 21 friends, which violates their privacy in the process. This is a scam.

LOL…Look at the video I found of you!

This is a virus. By clicking on it, you will inadvertently be installing something on your computer that records your keystrokes, so that a hacker is able to see your username and password for any account that you sign onto. Even worse, by clicking, you also send out the link to friends.

This does not even scratch the surface of ways that hackers can use facebook to gain access to information from the comfort of their homes. Use the site with caution, and if something is asking for access to information or asking you to post personal info. to your status, think twice.

Stay tuned next week for some tips on being career-smart with your Facebook account.

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A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)