What to do if your Facebook (or Twitter) account gets phished

This morning I woke up to an email from a friend of mine that had come via Facebook. The message listed me and a whole other group of names.

Facebook phishing message

I duly clicked thinking that I may have been tagged in a photo or similar, because I know the person socially as they run an art group.

On logging into Facebook I discovered my message wasn’t alone and that a similar message had been sent to a number of people a number of times. This immediately made me (and I’d hope most people) suspicious. At the top was a posting saying: ‘Do you remember this photo?’. Due to the context I had to to a double take and really examine the link. It immediately didn’t ring any bells that I’d associate with my friend, the context or Facebook, but unlike similar Twitter scams it did look fairly genuine, just not quite enough. His account had been phished*.

One person had already commented on the page that it looked like our mutual friend’s account had been hacked.

I immediately emailed my friend with the following advice, which also covers Twitter, should a similar thing happen to you.

Hi!
It looks like your Facebook account has been phished and you’ve mistakenly gone to a site with a fake Facebook login page and given them your login details.
It has then put a message on your profile and tagged your friends, sending them a message. On logging in you see your name and ar the top a post that reads ‘do you remember this photo?’. This sends people to a fake site etc.

What to do…
Change your password
Delete the messages
Update your profile with message about the problem :-(
Check to see what other changes may have taken place with your profile, including apps and pages
Check your security/privacy settings.

Twitter users also note
It’s worth visting your Settings/Applications page to check who has access to your account. Most of these will be legitimate and enable Twitter tools such as Tweetdeck, Bitly and Echofon to operate. Check to see if there are any you don’t recognise. If you are at all worried simply ‘revoke access’ to either the ones you can’t remember adding or to all of them. The worse that will happen in doing so is that you’ll be required to give permission next time you try and use one of these tools.
Twitter Settings Application page

*Phishing is a way of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”

Beginners guide to Where Does My Money Go?

As some of you know I’m working with the Open Knowledge Foundation at the moment on their Where Does My Money Go? project. The project is trying to make UK government finances much easier to explore and understand (no mean feat!) – so you can see where every pound of your taxes gets spent.

Over the last few months the team has been updating the look and feel of the site, adding new visualisations, as well as doing a lot of work on adding new datasets and making them more accessible. To introduce the site to first timers myself and Daniel Dietrich put together the following screencast, which we hope might be the first of a short series showing different aspects of the site.

Do I or don’t I link Twitter with LinkedIn?

Today, I decided to finally take the plunge and connect my LinkedIn status with Twitter to see what would happen. I announced this in LinkedIn as:

Decided to link my tweets with my LinkedIn status, do tell me if it gets annoying.

Which then got duly posted on Twitter.

Mat Morrison, of Magic Bean and Mediaczar, got in touch via LinkedIn querying my decision and the problems of dividing our different social media lives such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, which prompted me to respond to him with:

“I’ve avoided linking with LinkedIn until now, but noticed that I wasn’t using #ln for relevant tweets or that I was updating very often, which I think doesn’t look that great considering what I do, so this is a test. I may switch off in a week. But the audiences for me are similar, so decided I may as well try. And lo, you have responded ;-) as has someone else.

Facebook: I briefly linked them and just decided – different audience, output overload, boring – and quickly unlinked. My Facebook usage generally has lowered, but I think that’s because as an early adopter I used it to connect with other early adopters, who are professional rather than personal contacts. So without a lot of filtering and grouping work the site doesn’t really work for me. But those who’ve come to it later and younger people are smartly segregating their usage and who they contact on different networks. At Becta X yesterday there were children from 14 schools involved (primary through to secondary/tertiary) and when it came to a discussion about using FB in school (for education purposes eg. homework updates) they all agreed that it was the wrong context and that it would be distracting.

Context has knocked Content from being king, perhaps?

I’ve included Mat’s response here because I think it’s useful and adds to this:

Nice summary (and tend to agree w/ your points or have come to similar conclusions.)

I’ve been streamlining lots of my digital life recently — and mostly I’m using a loose GTD/43folders definition of context to do so.

For example, I’m rearranging my Facebook friend lists by “why I care (and if I do)” and “what I want to hide from this list”. My blog feeds are arranged, “can’t miss/daily read/graze/ego search/never read.” And I’m dumping Twitter news subscriptions to lists, and have created a list of “people I care about” (although “all friends” still has ambient presence.)

But LinkedIn seems useful.

So, do you or don’t you link Twitter with LinkedIn?

  • Decide on who you are speaking to and what each network of contacts is mostly about – personal, professional, mix?
  • Examine the kinds of content you put out on Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn is this suitable for another audience, is the volume to high?
  • Test for a period and see what happens.
  • Disconnect if it doesn’t work for you and your network