Facebook Security Hoaxes
1A – Facebook game toolbars that help you “cheat”
There are presently at least two “free browser toolbars” circulating around the web that claim to enable users to cheat at games on Facebook. This is specifically for the host of Zynga games and applications available to FB users.
These cleverly designed toolbars are actually used in an effort to steal Facebook login information from their unsuspecting users. The false toolbars should be avoided at all cost.
Once installed, the user is prompted to login to Facebook using the built-in Facebook Icon on the toolbar. This leads to a login form that IS NOT Facebook. Filling the form in simply sends your login credentials to a bunch of nasty people who will do nasty things with the information!
1B – Change your Facebook password request via email
A new-ish email is presently doing the rounds that claims to be from Facebook and asks you to open an attachment to receive a new password. This email is a phishing attempt. Delete it from your inbox, and warn your friends. Remember that Facebook will never send you a new password in an attachment.
It’s estimated that up to 400 million Facebook users are being targeted by this email hoax, all designed as an effort to steal passwords and gather other sensitive information.
The emails tell recipients that the passwords on their Facebook accounts have been reset for some non-existent technical reason. It then requests them to click on an attachment to obtain new login credentials. If the attachment is opened, it downloads several types of malicious software, including a program that steals passwords, according to anti-virus software maker McAfee Inc.
Facebook Fans, you have been warned!