This weekend a private message about not accepting private messages or friend requests from Jaydon Smith was going around Facebook. Why would I accept a friend request from that man? I don’t know him! But thanks for the warning.
The warning was nonsense. It’s an old spam thing. None of my friends who shared it took the 30 seconds to research it before sending the message on. Don’t be foolish! Research things before sharing. Help stop this stuff! And help stop hackers by not sharing junk like this!
I’m not an IT expert. But here are a few ways to stop/prevent being hacked. Any of my IT friends, please comment or share other things we should do. If you have post on the topic, please share a link in the comments.
You can help stop hacking by doing the following:
1. Change your password frequently.
2. Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know.
3. Don’t share or “Copy and paste” posts about winning an RV, Disney cruise, $75 coupon, or free plane tickets! These are all fake!! (Look at the Profile. Often the post is the only one they have, they joined FB in the past year or month, the grammar is off, or it seems too good to be true.) Not only does sharing these help hackers, posting them makes you look foolish.
4. Don’t share stories about being followed through a store or other sensationalist stories without first checking them out. (Try snopes.com or thatsnonsense.com) If the person posting has no friends, joined FB in the past year, had no other posts, IT’S FAKE! So many stories are “urban legends” designed to scare people or help hackers. Please, do your research!
5. Don’t ever pass on chain posts or chain private messages such as the one going around now about Jaydon Smith. (Will Smith’s son’s name, by the way.)
6. Before sharing a post about a lost child or missing person, check it out! Google it. Look at the date of the post; if it’s more than a week old, check to see if it’s real or if the person has been found.
7. Facebook Quizzes. Don’t take these quizzes. If you take a quiz, before you “Sign on with Facebook” look for the tiny “Edit”m click on it and uncheck Email Address, Friends List, and other items not needed for the quiz. Quizzes are a huge source of SPAM email.
8. If you do take a Facebook quiz..After you take the quiz, go to Settings, Apps, Logged on with Facebook and delete the app so it no longer gets info from your page.