Category Archives: Facebook

Fake Facebook Email

A breakdown of a scam that starts with an email that looks like it has come from Facebook

Facebook Scam Email
I received an email that at first appearance looks to be from Facebook but the first clue that it’s fake is that it arrived at an email account that I’ve never used with Facebook (like I’d trust them with anything meaningful! pah). Here I take a look at the  scam, the players and the played…
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Facebook Security – part 2 – Cookies

Part two in a series exploring security around the world’s most popular social network, Facebook.

Decorative Image - CookiesIn the first post of the series I outlined the main security settings for protecting your Facebook account.  This time I take a look at a more widespread problem that’s been brought into the spotlight amidst the recent Facebook changes… Cookies! In particular, tracking and persistent cookies, not the tasty crumbly chocolatey good ones.

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Facebook’s New Settings – part 1 – Security

The first in a series that will describe the many and varied new or hidden options of Facebook.

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In recent weeks Facebook have released several updates to their platform, some are right on the home page like Top Stories and News Tickers while others are behind the scenes and often go unnoticed.  Over the next few weeks I aim to outline the major changes and options that might not receive so much mainstream publicity.
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Giving permission and sharing too much

Why you should be cautious about giving web and mobile applications too many permissions.

Decorative Image - permissionsConsider you pay by credit card at a restaurant; you’re sharing your credit card information with them and you’re probably happy to do so. If the restaurant then asks for your date of birth, home address, and permission to use your card whenever they like, you’d probably hesitate. Yet people do this all the time on the web without thinking twice.

Here I’ll try to show how we can unwittingly give away too much, why this might be bad, and how to spot when things aren’t quite right.

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Facebook Android App Permissions

Details of the permissions and privileges that you need to hand over to Facebook in order to use their mobile app, outline with Android.

Facebook Android App PermissionsThe Facebook App for Android has changed quite a lot since I originally wrote this article so I figured I should update to reflect the changes in permissions that the app now requests. There are some improvements and looking back I think I was a little harsh in my judgement with a knee-jerk reaction but the problems remain that the permissions seem too lenient, there is no justification of why the Facebook app needs these permissions, and the only choice we have is to accept them all or not at all.

 

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Facebook Privacy Settings

Some suggestions on how to make your Facebook account more secure.

white f on blue square with padlockOnce again Facebook have added new features under the radar, enabled  by default and unannounced.  Not everybody necessarily wants everything shared with everyone so it would be nice if Facebook would either disable features by default and allow people to opt-in, or in the very least let people know that there are new features coming up.

Here is a quick review of the latest feature and a how-to for disabling it…

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Anatomy of a Scam

An analysis of web scams, what they look like, how they work and what they do.

Scams are an increasing problem all over the web but they are most prevalent on social networking sites where they can quickly reach the largest audiences.  This post will focus on Facebook scams but most of the information will be relevant for any website.

So first and foremost, what to be wary of…

Video Scam Sample

Sample of a scam video post

If you click on something and you don’t get what you expect then it’s probably wise to step away.  For example, if you think you’re clicking to watch a YouTube video and you don’t then see a YouTube video, there probably is no video and you should move on before you stumble into damage.

This type of scam is often referred to as “Link Jacking” and can be any scenario where a web link is hijacked to show one thing but take you to something else.

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