A Great Piece of Advice

Members of a Facebook group that I belong to regularly share information with each other about the various hoaxes and frauds that people encounter on the internet. Recently, a woman posted a question about the following message that has been showing up on wall posts everywhere:

VIRUS RUNNING
AROUND FARMVILLE!**THERE WILL BE A BOX THAT POPS UP SAYS THERE IS A
PROBLEM & IT WILL FIX IT. IT SAYS CLICK ON THE OK BUTTON *** DO NOT
CLICK IT !!!!! INSTEAD, CLICK ON CTRL ALT DELETE. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY
TO GET OUT WITHOUT GETTING THE VIRUS !!!!!!! PLEASE PLEASE REPOST THIS
TO YOUR HOME PG

This question led to a brief discussion about misinformation spread around the internet. I don’t know if the above message started out as a gag or if someone created it because they were actually worried about a non existent virus. Regardless of why the message started, another group member had a great piece of advice to pass on: anything that is in all caps is a f&^#ing hoax.

He state something that we should all know, but somehow I’ve never thought to put it in such  a simple phrase.

This is the kind of easy advice that all Facebook users need to incorporate into their surfing habits. Knowing how to differentiate fact from total BS will make you a much happier Fb memer. It will help you avoid viruses and annoying scams.

If you have a few bon mots for Facebook users, please feel free to share them in the comments section or send me an email.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on April 16, 2010.

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