This email is from a good friend. One to pass on to your youngsters.
I used to be on Facebook , but now do not participate in it as I find it a bit intrusive despite setting parameters so others cannot access or read details, I have found there are some who know how to bypass this, and have obtained some info that was privvy to just my friend and me, which kinda shocked me.
I also know of someone, whose identity was compromised and a credit card using all her details was used by a nefarious person, so much so she is fighting a battle with Barclays not to be laden with a £30,000 debt!.. that sure cured me of Facebook.
I prefer to stick to emails!
I don't know how it works and what you can do to protect your personal info despite the parameters- but I thought this was worth sharing so you can decide for yourselves.. .
Please spare a few minutes to read this. It's an eye opener
"The information people give out on Face-book, when linked up with other
information freely available on the internet, is an absolute goldmine for
criminals," the Daily Mail quoted Michael Fraser, a reformed burglar who
presents the BBC's 'Beat The Burglar' programme, as saying.
One year, you might have a party and give out your address. A while later,
you might tell everyone that it is your 30th birthday.
"So, if you've accepted me as a friend, I know your name, your address and
your birth date.
From that, I can go to 192.com and on there I can find out
what you do for a living, how much your home is worth, and whether you're
likely to be worth burgling.
"I might have already made up my mind because you've posted party pictures
on your Face-book. I can see what kind of valuables you have in the house,
and which rooms they're in. Then you go and tell your Face-book friends how
much you're looking forward to going on holiday next Tuesday etc.
"I can go on to Google Street View and see the actual photographs of your
home. I can see if you have a burglar alarm, or whether there are any bushes
in the garden to hide in. I can see all the alleyways I can escape down and,
of course, I know you won't be at home.
"Once you accept a stranger into your Face-book account, they can begin what
we call social engineering: delicately asking questions to build up
information about you,' said Jason Hart, senior vice president of CRYPTO
Card Network Security.
And that can cause havoc. Let's say they got your e-mail address, then they
could go to your e-mail account, pretending to be you, and saying you have
forgotten your password.
"Once they have that secret information, the e-mail account will let them
in. Once they are in there, they can find lots of sensitive information,
such as your Amazon and e-Bay account history.
"They can then go to those sites, pretending to be you, and saying you have
lost your passwords, and guess what happens then?
"Those sites send the passwords to your e-mail account: the one that they
have already conned their way into.
"Crooks who do this usually use the credit card details you have stored
there to buy online gift vouchers that can be traded on the internet. It is
a form of instant currency.
"Even worse, if you have a Pay Pal account and have credit in it, your
so-called friend could clean it out.
"Effectively, they have become an electronic version of you, and begin
stealing from you.
SO FRIENDS, BE SOCIAL DOESN'T MEAN BE FOOLISH!
BEWARE, BEWARE, BEWARE