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Spam Disguised as News
Spammers use many tactics to try to get people to read their messages and click their links. One tactic that is being given a real workout right now is to disguise the spam messages as news reports.
Keanu Reeves Gave Millions to Matrix Special Effects Team
According to messages currently circulating via social media, actor Keanu Reeves gave millions of dollars earned from the iconic Matrix films to the special effects team who made the movies so compelling.
Dialling 999 Will NOT Recharge Your Phone Battery
According to an urban myth that has circulated in the UK for more than a year, dialling 999 on your mobile phone then immediately hanging up will instantly recharge your phone battery.
Email Phishing Via Bogus Attached HTML Forms
Most browsers include a system that warns users if they are about to open a phishing website, but scammers are using HTML forms in email attachments to bypass such warnings.
Backup Your Facebook Data
You can create an archive of your Facebook data and download it for safekeeping. Here's how.
Beware Escaped Satire
Satire has its place. Good satire can hold up a mirror to our society and culture and perhaps get us thinking more deeply about important issues of the day. And it can be amusing as well.
Beautiful Migaloo, the White Humpback Whale
Migaloo, the white humpback whale is quite famous in Australia.
Believe Me - Online Scams DO Work!
Whenever I post an article describing an online scam attempt, at least a few readers will ask if anybody still actually falls for such scams. Well, yes they do. In their thousands. All around the world. Every day.
Facebook Trialling Option to Pay to Directly Inbox Non-Friends
Plans by Facebook to provide an option for users to pay to send a message to non-friend inboxes, do NOT validate old "Facebook charging for access" hoaxes in any way.
Facebook 'Site Governance' Email is Legitimate
A site governance email discussing proposed updates to Facebook Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and inviting users to visit the Facebook Site Governance Page is currently being sent to Facebook users.
Protest Message Rails Against New Facebook Timeline
Message circulating rapidly on Facebook protests against the forced implementation of Facebook's new Timeline feature and asks users to repost as many times as possible in an effort to get Facebook to change its mind on the issue.
Recent Facebook Porn Attack Highlights Dangers of Misleading 'Security' Warnings
For two or three frantic days in November, 2011, many Facebook News Feeds were hit by a wave of pornographic and violent images.This article is not about the spam attack itself but about how a series of inaccurate and misleading 'hacker' and 'virus' warnings, that circulated the network well before the attack, contributed greatly to the general confusion, and ultimately, just made matters worse.
Facebook 'Hackers' Do Not Have Supernatural Abilities
Despite claims in various would-be security warnings, hackers cannot hijack Facebook accounts at will. To allow such activities to take place, users must have first taken some overt action such as installing a rogue app, opening an attachment or website that harbours malware, or providing personal information via a phishing scam.
Double Dipping Advance Fee Scammers
Advance fee scammers use a seemingly never-ending variety of back stories as vehicles for finding new victims. And, in a related tactic, they often tend to target people that have been previously caught out in such scams.
Thanks Mr Frog, I Owe You One!
Strange how seemingly insignificant incidents can have a profound effect on your life.
Epsilon Security Breach Notifications
Reader enquiries indicate that many people have received notifications via email or other means from various companies that inform them that their data may have been compromised in a recent security attack on attack on giant marketing and email service company, Epsilon.
Confusion Over Correct Name for the Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is often mistakenly called the 'Congressional Medal of Honor' when the official name is simply the 'Medal of Honor '.
SOMA Virus Warning (Just a Joke)
Message warns users about the dreaded SOMA virus that may be infecting Facebook users.