Monday, May 10, 2010

Facebook: Don't get highjacked

As Facebook has risen to the top of the social networking list, the site's privacy settings have been the topic of much discussion. To complicate matters, Facebook's default settings and privacy policies have changed in recent months, catching many users off guard. It is highly recommended that users who have not yet done so should visit the privacy settings on their accounts and make any necessary adjustments. But for some Facebook users, that's the least of their troubles.

The New York Times recently reported that, "bogus and stolen accounts on Facebook are now on sale in high volume on the black market." Highjacked accounts are then used to distribute malicious programs, spread spam, and run identity fraud.

Buzz Marketing Daily offers these five tips for things you can do to protect yourself:

  1. "Don’t share your account password or login information.

  2. Turn off saved passwords & auto-complete options on your browser.

  3. Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know.

  4. Don’t click or follow nondescript or otherwise suspicious links.

  5. Remember: If you weren’t friends then, you probably still aren’t now."

Have you experienced any Facebook issues with regard to privacy or fraud? If so, how did you rectify that? Add a comment below and share your experience with the DigitalNow community.

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