Beware the hackers!

Occasionally I see warnings about accepting friend requests from certain individuals on Facebook because they are hackers.

Here’s the latest:

HACKERS ALERT!!!DO NOT ACCEPT ANY FRIENDSHIP INQUIRIES FROM: ROLAND DREYER, MATTHIAS DAMBERGER, MARIO SOMMER, FABIAN BERNEDER OR FRANK BECKER !!!!! THESE ARE HACKERS!!!!! THEY CAN DESTROY THE HARD DISK!!!!!!… PLEASE, COPY TEXT ON YOUR BULLETIN BOARD!!! SO THAT YOUR FRIENDS ARE PROTECTED AND ARE WARNED

So, what’s the deal with these warnings? Are the anything to worry about?

I’ve never found a single warning of this type that is based on any evidence whatsoever. My guess is that they come from teenagers who are trying to prevent some other kids from getting more Fb friends. It’s a lame attempt at defamation.

Even though this is nonsense, I still think that it raises a good point. So many Facebook users will accept friend requests from anyone in the world just because they want more virtual friends. I don’t think that this is a serious security hazard, but I do think it’s kind of lame. It’s one thing to meet someone on the internet and build a friendship, but it’s quite another to accept friend requests from random people.

I ignore friend requests every single day. If I don’t know you, then I’m not going to friend you.

“Knowing” has a pretty loose definition in the virtual world. Perhaps we’ve played online Scrabble a few times, maybe we frequent the same forums, or maybe I’ve seen good comments on other Fb walls. All of those are acceptable levels of knowing when it comes to Facebook.

If you have never had the slightest, most remote contact with someone, though, then what’s the point  of friending them? The problem isn’t that you’ll compromise your computer security. The problem is that you don’t have any real friends when you have thousands of fake ones.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on June 3, 2010.

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