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Scarey! I Wanted To Share This With Everyone Here Because I Know A Lot Of Kossacks Use Facebook.  

I noticed this because I've been sharing my latest diary with several people over at Facebook.

School Supplies Drive For The Okiciyap Community A Links "Information-A-Thon" Full of links to gov't resources (available for everyone) and great videos.
I recently joined some Native American FB groups and shared this Okiciyap Diary with them.

Pow Wow Trade n Shop FORALL!!! was one group where I left my diary in a comment. Then went back to check I had indeed shared it with them. I figured everyone there sells stuff. Maybe they'd like to donate. People like to give. I just have no money.

Knowledge Is Power!
Knowledge is better than money. It's the knowledgeable/educated people who make the big money.


This got me so scared I had to do a diary to warn everyone here at DKos.

I will never click on an ad at Facebook again!

From Pow Wow Trade n Shop FORALL!!! Facebook Group

    Johan Robitaille
    >>> VIRUS ALERT<<<
    If you see an "Alien video" being posted... do NOT click link...
    Those need to be deleted as quickly as possible so it does not keep on spreading...
    Be safe...!!!

    (Feel free to copy paste and warn other groups)
    10 hours ago

        Keely Squirrell Denning If I see any video not related to group description, it and the user gets booted out
        7 hours ago
        Johan Robitaille The user does NOT know... this virus is a hacking virus that spreads itself without the person's knowledge as soon as they make the mistake of clicking on the link...
        This is the second one in a week to hit....

        The one we had that was selling running shoes and the one with sunglasses, those were manually posted with fake accounts... that's different and the links were putting Trojan in people's computer.... those the user need to be kicked out and banned so they don't come back...
        3 hours ago
        Johan Robitaille People who made the mistake of clicking on this new one (Alien video) need to be warn that their computer and/or their FB account have been compromised and they need to, in the following order:
        - clean their browser, complete clean up of everything
        - make sure their browser setting do not have the "save password" function on, if it is on they need to turn it off and keep it turn off permanently
        - scan their computer with an anti-virus, since we do not know for sure if it gets into people's computer or only hacks their FB account...
        - than change their Facebook password...

        Also, when logging in anywhere on the internet do not click on "keep me log in" or the function "recognize me" for future log in...

        Oh... and try to make sure your passwords are up to the new standards of safety... minimum 8 digits, preferably 10 to 12 and make it a mix of letters, numbers and symbols... one trick is to take a phrase that mean something to you but would mean nothing to anyone else and either take the first letter of every word or the last one... than insert numbers and symbols in various places.... so that you can remember what it is, even though it looks and feels totally random...
        3 hours ago

        Georgia Atkins Thanks for this info everyone. I won't click on anything. Is this just happening on Facebook? This is scarey. Will Facebook administration fix this problem?
        2 hours ago

        Georgia Atkins I shared this on my timeline, so all my friends could see it too. Thanks again Johan Robitaille.
        2 hours ago

        Johan Robitaille I don't think FB can really fix it.... those goes around regularly, using different type of posts with link in them.... this is the second round of hacking virus we get this week, but hopefully posting warnings all over and telling people to repost it will help stop it faster than the previous one....

        One thing to remember is if you see something that seems out of place / off topic with links.... it's not a good idea to click....

        Other example was those shoes and sunglasses ads we saw all over, those were posted manually from fake accounts... and it was a virus... those virus were called a Trojan....
        2 hours ago

        Johan Robitaille My pleasure
        2 hours ago

I joined Facebook in 08', but couldn't figure out how to use the site until about a year ago.

I almost got kicked off Facebook because I shared too many of my diaries, contacted too many people I didn't personally know, (about 20 people/organizations mostly).

I have the best links, I was only trying to help.

I found out, you can't help everyone.

Had to choose pictures of friends and identify them to prove I wasn't a computer.

Unfortunately, before site computer told me I was only allowed to friend people I actually knew, I had accumulated over fifty friends and only knew about ten of them. So it took me a couple of months to get the faces and names correct.

Then they took my commenting privileges away for fifteen days. Now I see why, if they have problems like this, described above.

I did manage to contact at least five friends and groups (and put it on my home page), with the link to the Okiciyap diary.

I spaced it out over a few days and only to those I thought were interested. I didn't want to get into any trouble. I need FB, although I'm going to be super careful over there!

Facebook is a good tool. It will never be DKos.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)
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    kharma, rubyr, petral, NancyWH, annieli

    Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

    by rebel ga on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 09:00:11 AM PDT

  •  These sorts of viruses have been around since the (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    rebel ga

    early '90s.

    "There are no atheists in foxholes" isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes. - James Morrow

    by kirrix on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 09:35:08 AM PDT

  •  Simple solution I use... (9+ / 0-)

    don't facebook.

    When the reality is unpleasant and hard to believe, it's easiest to cloak it in the camouflage of CT.

    by kharma on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 09:42:25 AM PDT

    •  I only use it because my grandsons are on it.... (2+ / 0-)
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      kharma, rebel ga

      I cannot tell you how much I hate the software, the concept, the people.........  I am an introvert, and I do not like intrusiveness of FB.

      I have three politically incorrect, straight, white male, grandchildren; and I don't care if you think they're important or not.

      by dkmich on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 09:58:54 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Me either... (2+ / 0-)
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        rebel ga, dkmich

        my grown kids use it and it irritates me for someone to call and say how was your camping trip, I saw it on FaceBook.  So even though I stay away, I'm still all over it by proxy.

        When the reality is unpleasant and hard to believe, it's easiest to cloak it in the camouflage of CT.

        by kharma on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 10:20:35 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  too right! unfortunately there are many people who (1+ / 0-)
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      rebel ga

      ONLY use FB, and if you want to see their info (academic stuff, historical re-creation, ferinstance) you HAVE to at least sign up so you can get to it. I have gone on a couple of times to make sure my profile is as minimal as possible, and my mail profile flags ALL mail from there as JUNK... so I don't have much trouble with them...

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 08:11:30 PM PDT

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  •  Some security tips (9+ / 0-)

    1.  If you think you may have been infected, the first thing to do is change your facebook password.

    2.  Also, it's safest to disable facebook apps, but at the very least review what aps you've allowed and make sure they are all from sources you trust.  

    3.  Don't click on strange links, or anything that takes you off facebook.  

    4.  A technique becoming common now is to tempt you with a link to a video, and then pop up a message claiming you need to download an update to view it.  This mimics what actually happens sometimes with adobe flashplayer.  DON'T DOWNLOAD.  If you really need a flashplayer update for example, go directly to the adobe website to download it.

    5.  It's a good idea to use https whenever it's available for a secure connection.  In facebook, you can go to security settings, an enable "secure browsing" to use https when available.  Also recommended is the browser addon https-everywhere.  Another good idea is to make sure you are using an https link for all of your email accounts.  

    6.  For most users, a password manager like Lastpass is a really good idea.  The drawback here is to make sure it is a trustworthy provider.  In general, it is best to use one that works as a browser addon, without requiring additional software to be installed, and which fully encrypts stored passwords so that even they have no way to recover an account or access your data.  The point of a password manager is to enable you to have a unique and very secure password for every login account, while only having to remember one password.  


  •  Terms and conditions (3+ / 0-)
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    rebel ga, skohayes, LinSea

    It's always worth reading the Terms and Conditions when you join a social media site, even though they are tedious and written in lawyer-speak instead of user-friendly language.

    The "only "Friend" people you know" is indeed a rule. That said, the other people bear some responsibility for agreeing to "Friend" you. If they said "no," there would be a pop-up asking "Do you know this person outside of FB?" I regularly get requests from people I don't know, and have no problem saying "no" and "no, I don't know them."

    Any site has its own etiquette, and it's worth taking the time to learn it. Then people can pay attention to what you're saying, instead of educating you about "how we do things here."

    •  Reading the terms and conditions (2+ / 0-)
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      NancyWH, crose

      or rules for any site is important.

      But facebook was very hard for me to learn how to use. I only learned how to use the computer in 08'. My computer friend set it up and set up my blogs.

      I didn't think of reading the rules. I thought it was like DKos, where everyone shares.

      We don't know each other at first. We get to know each other by interacting.

      Anyway, I made a lot of lovely friends from all over the world.

      Here's a little music for a lovely fall afternoon.

      Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

      by rebel ga on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 12:44:43 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for the Rec and Tip Ruby♥ (0+ / 0-)

    Glad to see you Ruby.

    Here's another song for this beautiful afternoon.

    Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

    by rebel ga on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 12:57:29 PM PDT

  •  I havn't been FB hacked, (2+ / 0-)
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    LinSea, rebel ga

    but friends have, to send links to their Friends with a virus in it.  Any link that says someone I know "likes" something that seems out of character, it's usually one of those.  I report the linked site as SPAM.

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 02:49:00 PM PDT

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