Warning! Don’t Click on the Facebook Padlock Icon!

I suppose that, from a hackers perspective, the best Facebook hoax is that which convinces people to lower their inhibitions and keep their online security standards low.

If that’s the case, then the following scam deserves a reward.

REPOST: IF ANY OF YOU GET A PADLOCK ON TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER OF FB HOME PAGE SAYING YOUR SECURITY IS LOW…IGNORE…DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT ANSWER THE QUESTIONS…!!! IT IS SO HACKERS CAN ACCESS YOUR ACCOUNT COPY & PASTE PLEASE.

This couldn’t be any less accurate. The truth of the matter is that the padlock located at the right hand corner of your Facebook home page really does mean that your security is set to a low, rather ineffective standard. You should click on it and follow its directions to better protect yourself.

Here’s the thing, Facebook hasn’t really been great at protecting the privacy of its users. In fact, Facebook uses your information in all kinds of ways, including targeting you for certain advertisements. After a lot of complaints from its users, Facebook did pretty much the minimum that it had to do: it posted a little note saying that you should really think about updating your privacy setting.

And you should.

This hoax could have some of the longest lasting effects for those who succumb to it. By convincing people to keep their privacy settings lowered, hackers ensure that they can reach more victims with clickjacking attacks, viruses, worms, and other malware.

This is essentially like the serial killer saying “I won’t hurt you” in a really creepy voice while he’s holding a bloody knife. Use your head, man. Don’t listen!

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~ by facebookhoaxes on April 29, 2011.

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