Facebook Phishing, Or 'With Friends Like These...'
I should probably spend less time on Facebook than I do. Perhaps the latest outbreak of phishing scams will be enough to curtail my mindless grazing.
If you're on Facebook you've probably gotten an inscrutable message from a friend recently that read something like "visit vingers.ru" or perhaps was just a URL. If this was a friend who didn't ever write you, you were confused. Why were they suddenly writing with such an inscrutable message? Similarly, if they were the sort of person who wrote long, involved messages, you wondered why they were suddenly getting all cryptic on you.
In reality, they'd been somehow duped into opening up their Facebook account to scammers, who were busy sending messages to all of their friends in the hopes of spreading their evil scheme.
Scammers count on us being trusting or clueless. Not all of us, of course, just a few, enough for them to get their foot in the door.
I wonder if you're more likely to fall victim to this stuff if you load up your Facebook page with all sorts of apps. Mine is blessedly app free. I don't know what kind of novel I would be or what kind of element. I don't know which Greek philosopher or which newspaper.
I would like to come up with some of my own "Which are you?" apps. Which tooth? "You are an incisor." Which venereal disease? "You are secondary syphilis." Which drum stick? "You are a Regal Tip 5B hickory." Which post-"Bosom Buddies" Peter Scolari vehicle?" You are "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show."
The problem with Facebook -- and I write as someone who loves it -- is that it's an incredible time-suck. It's nice keeping up with friends and acquaintances, but after a marathon session where I've checked out various status updates, looked at wall postings and perused new profile pictures and YouTube links, I often feel like that time might have been better spent doing something rather than thinking about what other people did.
Maybe the phishers and scammers are a blessing in disguise, forcing us away from our keyboards. Thoughts?
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