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Sun Nov 25 2007 17:42:59

Moneybookers Warns of FaceBook Phishing Risks

By: Ina Steiner

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Moneybookers issued a press statement warning that the social networking site Facebook could help phishers and fraudsters. The UK online payment service recommended Facebook users do four things to reduce the risk of identity theft:

1) If you join a popular network, change the privacy settings so that the networks' members have no instant access to your profile.

2) Do not display your date of birth on Facebook.

3) Do not allow your Facebook profile to be indexed by external search engines.

4) Make sure that there are no password hints whatsoever on your Facebook profile.

According to Moneybookers, a user's real name, location, company and date of birth are requested by Facebook in the registration process and by default shown to all networks and friends. It also said that likely answers to common password reminder questions such as "what's your favorite pet/movie etc" can often be found on profiles.

Keep this warning in mind with any blog or social networking site.




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Moneybookers Warns of FaceBook Phishing Risks   Moneybookers Warns of FaceBook Phishing Risks

by: Dan

Sun Nov 25 19:59:21 2007

Facebook should really send its userbase an easy-to-read Privacy Notice that explains all the privacy options available. I suggest everyone log into Facebook and click on the "Privacy" Tab on the right hand column and set your privacy to a level you are comfortable with.

I don't know why a UK company has to issue a warning.  This type of warning should be coming from the FTC.  

Moneybookers Warns of FaceBook Phishing Risks   Moneybookers Warns of FaceBook Phishing Risks

by: Alan

Mon Nov 26 10:33:40 2007

You can be protected by installing anti-phishing software like  Reasonable Anti-phishing  : http://antiphishing.reasonables.com



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