News 12 On Your Side: Facecrooks Attacking Facebookers

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

AUGUSTA, GA-- We use it to keep up with friends, share news and photos and maybe even keep an eye our children. More than 845 million people actively use Facebook every month. If your one of the millions then you probably noticed a major change on the social media site. Facebook is gradually going towards the a new timeline feature. But along with that change, there are those out there preying Facebookers unhappy with the new feature.

Facebook began making the mandatory switch to timeline in late January. There is no set date when everyone will be switched over. Timeline is a new layout format that categorizes posts, pictures and even break-ups through months and years.

"Timeline represents a larger change from what Facebook has done in the past. Some people like it. Some people don't," Patrick Kind of USC Aiken said. He says scammers are waiting to prey on those frustrated with the change and try to go back to the "old" Facebook.

King, the Social Media and Web Coordinator for USC Aiken, warns "whether it be banks or social media sites or anything that holds account information people are going to try to get that information from you."

Facebook issued its own warning to users trying to reverse timeline. The only problem: once you go timeline you can't go back.

Facecrooks work by hacking into your account and stealing your information when you click on links to "reverse timeline." "Best not to click on any attachments or any links that is not recognizable," King advised.

Another important thing to consider is that timeline does not save your previous privacy setting on your old Facebook. You need to protect your page by updating those settings. Prevention is the best way to avoid a hack attack on Facebook. "One of the most important setting you need to check is on your apps. From "My Calendar Birthdays" to "21 Questions," the apps you download can access your personal information unless you change your privacy settings.

To Change Settings on Apps:

- go to home (top right hand corner)
-click on privacy settings
- go to apps and websites
-click edit the apps you use
- click edit and remove.
-do this under both "post to facebook as you" and "access your data at anytime" categories

Other Ways to Protect Your Account:

-change your password and username frequently
-use an unique password for each social media, banking, or email account
-check all privacy settings

Another way you can protect sensitive information on your computer is by logging under guest instead of administrator when you sign onto your personal computer. By signing on as guest, you can prevent hackers from access sensitive data stored on your computer.

Here are the links on how to log on as a guest for the following systems: XP Windows,Windows Live, and Windows Vista.

Once you switch to timeline you have seven days before your account goes live. This means you have a week to delete any incriminating old posts, pictures, or status updates.

"There's always going to be malicious attacks to Facebook," King warned.

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