Have you seen that Facebook hoax where Bill and Melinda Gates promise to give part of their fortune to anyone who posts a certain status? Maybe that one didn’t fool you because you knew it was too good to be true.
However, maybe you do pay attention to the hoaxes that masquerade as warnings, like the one about Jayden K. Smith. After all, isn’t it better to be safe than sorry? Not if the claim is unfounded!
The most recent hoax claims that Jayden K. Smith is a hacker who can access your account if you accept his or her friend request. Some variations state that this hacker can also infect your computer with a virus if you accept the request. The post may look something like this:
“Please tell all the contacts in your messenger list not to accept Jayden K. Smith friendship request. He is a hacker and has the system connected to your Facebook account. If one of your contacts accepts it, you will also be hacked, so make sure that all your friends know it.”
The good news is that you cannot get hacked by accepting a stranger’s friend request. If your account does get hacked, it’s because someone figured out your login credentials. And even if your account is hacked, that would not lead to a computer virus. Clicking unknown links is normally how viruses and malware spread via social media or email.
The bad news is that you may be bombarded with messages from friends who don’t realize it’s just a prank. Even though there’s no actual threat, it’s probably not a good idea to accept friend requests from people you don’t know, especially if you don’t share any mutual friends.
If you don’t think your Facebook account is as secure as you would like it to be, follow these tips that will help you lock down your account for maximum privacy and security.
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