Facebook Phishing Scam-
Phishing as wikipedia defines it:
“Phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”
Great now that you know phishing, There are virulent applications on Facebook that pick up your facebook information such as photos,friends etc and other sensitive information you might have. Basically your photos. They can manipulate them, sell them do all sorts of crap with it.
Many of you might have noticed that you get shit notifications like -” X has just commented on a photo of you.” when they really have not. It looks genuine with the photo icon too. When you click it though, it redirects you to an application permission page. Like the one below
Here you can see the page has a wierd suspicious application name – PhotAs or Phatos, or Photo comments whatever might even say photos.
Please Please do not allow it access. You are allowing the hacker access. Click on leave application. There is actually no comment. If you allow it they will steal all your photos and send wierd notifications to your friends.
If you have not clicked on one but you still get notifications dont panic. Ignore them.
If you have added the application by mistake – On the bottom of your facebook page click on the blue “applications” tab. -> Edit applications – > Select show – Authorised / Granted special permissions. Check the names of those apps. If you find a funny name , delete it.
Also one more thing.
” PLEASE DO NOT DISPLAY YOUR BIRTHDATE ON YOUR PROFILE”
Many credit card companies / email accounts require you to enter your birthdate for verification for lost password. Use privacy settings. Food for thought.