Privacy has always been an issue with Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) users. The social networking site's policy has always been to induce its numerous users to part with more of their personal information than they would like and use that information to get revenues.
Recently it unostentatiously changed everyone's email addresses to its Facebook mail and that has opened up its users to potential spammers and phishing attacks.
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Waking up to this new threat Facebook is now alerting its users to beware of phishing attempts sent to them at their Facebook email addresses.
It's easy to figure out anyone's Facebook address. It is [user profile name]@Facebook.com, which means that anyone spammers and mischief makers on the Internet can use this information to perpetrate attacks on unsuspecting users.
According to Zdnet.com, "It is simple to scrape the Facebook user profile name, append @Facebook.com onto it and mass mail who you want to. Careless users can then introduce replicating worms and other malicious apps into Facebook just by clicking on the link in their email."
Many Facebook users do not even have a clue that their email address has been changed, because as usual, it has been done stealthily.
Mails from people who are not your friends are delivered to this 'Other' mail folders, which is under the messages folder on the left hand side.
Facebook is now asking users to report suspicious activities such as phishing attempts. But as usual this request is again hidden under the Security tab, where people would not usually visit.
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Facebook has advised its users:
1. Be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for login or financial information, and remember, unless the email is digitally signed, you can't be sure it wasn't forged or 'spoofed'.
2. Don't use the links in an email, instant message, or chat to get to any web page if you suspect the message might not be authentic or you don't trust the sender, instead navigate to the website directly.