Victim of some Facebook Phishing

Facebook.jpgToday I became a victim of some Facebook credentials phishing. I received an instant message from one of my Facebook contacts containing a video. When trying to play the video I got prompted to enter my Facebook credentials. After having done this … my credentials went into the wrong hands. And it became obvious that this video was not from my contact.
This happened on my smartphone. I believe on a PC this never would have happened to me because there are many means to cross-check urls and links and other things to detect a phishing. On a mobile device it is much harder. The login screen really looked authentic.
The result was: many dubious videos sent to all my contacts. In the meantime Facebook right away locked my account because they detect suspicious behavior. I also ( too late ) read the warning from my contact in Facebook from whom I had received the malicious message that her account had been compromised.
I unlocked my Facebook account by setting a new password and acknowledging a confirmation code; Facebook did a quiet good job to detect the problem and take me through steps to resolve. I then posted warning on my Facebook page and also sent warning messages to most of my contacts; luckily I have less than 100 Laughing
Interestingly my Chrome browser on one of my laptops later on insisted in downloading a Malicious Software Removal tool from Facebook, which right away was blocked by my virus scanner. This happened while Facebook was working fine in my Firefox browser. I found this very helpful hint here ( see comment # 3 in this lengthy article ) how to overcome this strange means and enable Facebook again in my Chrome browser.

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Firefox says: The requested URL could not be retrieved …

This error shows up for many people and might have many potential reasons. In my case I started getting that error after using a Firefox add-on to unblock some sites usually not accessible in my country by going through a proxy. Symptom has been that I was able to visit this site but started to get this error typically for sites in foreign countries ( not for sites in Germany ). The problem shows up only when using Firefox of course, not when using other browsers like Chrome or Internet Explorer.

Even after disabling that add-on & re-starting Firefox that problem didn’t go away. After a while I figured out that this add-on had changed my proxy settings ( that’s basically how it works ) but failed to set it back to normal.

After heading to Tools –> Options –> Advanced –> Network –> Connection Settings and changing my settings back to “No proxy” the problem was solved.

My favorites for week 18, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout tail chasing and big fish

Let me show you some real silly comics this week from B.C. and Garfield which don’t need any further commentary…

 

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout funny signs

The world is full of funny signs. And funny software error messages of course. Anyway, here is a nice compilation of funny signs in “weird things in the world ”:

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout a place in Lhasa

Potala Palace, Lhasa
"Potala Palace, Lhasa" by ddanforth.

My wife has been there in Lhasa a couple of years ago when she did a great hike from Jiri to the Mount Éverst Base Camp.

Surprise Something to surprise: my favorite "I really didn’t know this" of the weekabout internet crime in Germany

This morning in my newspaper …

Did you know that

  • 7 % of German internet users (= 3.5 million) already experienced their account data for one of their online services being stolen,
  • 5 % of German internet users (= 2.5 million) experienced some financial loss because of this,
  • 4 % of German internet users said they will stop shopping in the web because of the recent data theft case at Sony, 23 % feel unsafe now when using online services.

Source: “Allgemeine Zeitung for Friday, May 6th, 2011”, survey by Bitkom. Also I am reading on their German web site that 37 % of internet users share their password with someone else.

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout computers

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.

We could add: … once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is outdated and needs to be replaced.

My favorites for week 16, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout Eastern

Happy Easter Weekend !

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout snakes

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"4" Night Snake" by jbviper1.

Jerry B. aka jbviper1 has a nice collection of snake photos in his photo stream. Look at that beautiful Night Snake. Well, beautiful in some sense; I wouldn’t want to run into it actually, since I am a bit scared of snakes.

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout writing

It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one’s thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.

… unless you write them down in your blog Big Grin.

My favorites for week 10, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout technology trade shows

CeBIT, the German IT Trade Show is over. Why do those trade shows make us feel so small, as shown in this Dilbert comic strip  ?  Let’s get back to reality. Nevertheless, it makes me feel small as well quiet often, working as an underling in a large company where everything is managed centrally, even a small travel budget worth 150 € may be.

Weekend is in sight already. Let me feel a bit bigger then …

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout an impressive music instrument

Here is a  video coming along with some nice relaxing music and an impressive animation of a huge music instrument playing that music, a “12 Pipe Dream”. If you check out the site Dailymotion, you find there many more similar videos.

http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/video/x8lkd
12 Pipe Dream 2 von Scorpiotistic

ApplauseSomething to learn: my favorite tip of the weekabout CTRL+TAB in Firefox and other browsers

Like cycling through applications in Windows and other operating systems CTRL+TAB allows you to cycle through your tabs in Firefox. Of course this works as well in Goolge Chrome. And Internet Explorer !


And here are two more magic keys: PF8 and PF7 in Windows Command Window: Type in a view letters and then hit PF8 to insert a similar command you typed previously. Or use PF7 to popup a list of commands to select from.

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout a dusky lamur

IMG_6617 dusky langur (adult)
"IMG_6617 dusky langur (adult)" by Troup1.

Dusky Leaf Monkeys can be found in Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. Thailand seems to be the country where Troup Dresser took this photo.

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout inspiration

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.

Inspiration might be a rare thing, thus waiting for it might mean waiting forever. Instead: start doing. And learning. The more you learn and experience, the more food you have for some inspiration to come – sooner or later.