Facebook Let 14 year old Kid Use my Email Address for Authorization Multiple Times

Posted Posted in Social Media


Subtitle: Facebook, your security still sucks.


So last night I get this email:


Who the hell is Billy Bowman? And why is he using my email address? And in rapid succession I receive:






So I say WTF? And *I* am able to login to this account “with my Hotmail credentials” and change the password on this account. I see that Billy is in a chat telling some girl he is 14 years old. (I concurrently change my hotmail password just in case, but this kid is NOT accessing my email).



Then I deactivate the account because I can’t switch the email address.



So even though I’ve changed the password on the account in question, Billy is able to reactivate it.




So now, I login to the Billy account and change the primary email address to the other address the kid has listed. I remove my email address from the Billy account.


So FB sends me a message…



And Billy tries to add it back



So I log in to the Billy account to insure the address is gone and log into my own account and quickly add that email address to my own Facebook account. And Facebook warns Billy that someone may have accessed his account and sends ME the email notification.


So Billy tries to change the password on his account. I’m ignoring these requests.



Make up YOUR own mind on privacy settings

Posted Posted in Privacy, Social Media


The other day, I shared a link (http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ ) with Facebook friends which enables folks to “opt out” of certain types of web tracking.



Facebook recently announced it would no longer honor do not track requests set from browsers, which (in my opinion) sucks bigtime. Facebook wants to use your travels across the web to customize/target ads displayed in your timeline. If it doesn’t bother you, that’s fine. Continue allowing Facebook (and others) to stalk you. Personally, I object to this. But it’s your decision.

For whatever reason, Robert Scoble (self proclaimed geek gasbag) decided to single me out as he posted a piece on being tired of Privacy Advocates. He preceded tagging me by “liking” one of my other posts. He probably randomly looked for someone to target and picked me. It doesn’t bother me and I won’t unfriend him, but I unfollowed and ignored him some time ago. If ads improve the quality of HIS life, fine. Can’t be much of a life. I know a few people still consider him a rock star. That’s another opinion, and if it’s yours, you are entitled to it. That’s what makes the world go around.

I’m sure you can think of tons of reasons not to share your browsing/shopping habits with Facebook and other companies, or maybe you don’t care. Which ever bucket you fall into, it’s YOUR decision.

Just remember that if you elect to use the opt out, you can opt out of ALL “member” companies. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Choose All Companies. Do this for every browser on your system. And if you clear cookies at any time, you will need to do this again.