Facebook Phishing Scams, Are You One of The Victims?

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Facebook phishing scams have been increasing day by day. Are you one of the victims from the popular social websites?

Facebook phishing scams spread like wild fire, constantly attempting to acquire user’s passwords and facebook login identifications. Facebook phishing is one of the classic hacking that most attackers steal your passwords.

Another notorious method is by using keylogger, which I’m not going to elaborate more on this now. (Perhaps, for future post by popular demands or more comments.)

At times, I feel thankful for my shrewdness when it comes to internet security. I wouldn’t say I’m very good at it, however, I just can’t tolerate such a nuisance being played through lame tricks on innocent facebook users.

I was once a victim. So now… here comes the saint to describe:-

  • How Facebook phishing scams works. And
  • How the victim can solve this problem for further prevention.

Below using one of the recently Facebook phishing scams to explain the steps.

Facebook Private Message, Phishing
Facebook Private Message, Phishing
  1. Chat box appears in your favorite Facebook login browser.
  2. Message are usually short, captivating, alluring and sensational, such as “hey lol check out this girl, she I cant believe this video….”. (Frankly speaking, this English message is so much worse than mine.)
  3. On the same message or another, it will show an unknown URL link, or it can be shortened by bit.ly. Within a few seconds, sender goes offline without saying ‘goodbye’ to you. No matter how obscure the link is… DON’T click on it. If you do, please read on…
  4. The unknown URL link will bring you to a new website. Sometimes, directing user with 2 or 3 times before arriving to attacker’s website. Below showing facebook login box almost the same as the Official Facebook login page.
  5. Do click on this link http://facebook.com/login.php to do a comparison from the faked Facebook login page
  6. Any new users or occasional internet surfer, would have already login to that unknown link without noticing any differences. If you examine closely, there is an additional  message, smaller in font size, captivating your attention that further entrap your innocent enthusiasm to find out more info.
  7. At this immediate point of login, victim’s password and username has already sent to the sly phisher by means of emailing or by any form of internet communication that document the critical detail.
  8. You wouldn’t know its happening. That’s the trick of Facebook phishing. So what’s next?
  9. Either by automated or manual, attacker uses your information to login, and apply the same tactics to pass the unknown link to another user from your friend’s list. At times, new link may be created, depending on attacker’s ultimate intention.
  10. As good friends in your list whom has chat and entrusted, there will login to repeat the process of Step 1 from this post. It continue to spread virally in this silent manner.

Passing messages are done without your acknowledgement. Therefore, friends in your list are important to make you aware by informing you.

The solution: Most basic remedy is to change your password immediately.

That is the best and proven solution for any users to cripple the capability of Facebook phishing from login to your facebook without you knowing.

I hope I have clearly explained how Facebook phishing scams works, and the remedy are simple.

Have you encountered similar facebook phishing scams like the above?

What else has deteriorated into a more severe outcome? And how do you solved the problem?

Or have you lost confident on social website like Facebook.com?

Login to Facebook Using Proxy Server (No Installation Program Needed!)

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Login to Facebook using proxy server, has been most frequently and proven-in method for accessing blocked websites. Perhaps, you want to catch up with your dearest friends and news from Japan on the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and the nuclear emergency happening right now.

Another good reason is that there is no installation of any unknown programs needed, therefore, minimizing potential threads of malicious virus, spyware or malware. And no coding file necessary or memory hogging.

Login to Facebook Using Proxy Server

Above all, its free and safe!

Follow below simple steps that I have concise it. Settings are applicable to only 2 type of browsers on Windows Operating Systems. Namely, Windows Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

Settings For Windows 7:

  1. Click the “Start” Orb at the bottom left of your computer screen.
  2. Right above the “Start” Orb, you see “Search programs and files” with the cursor placed on the input box.
  3. Type “inetcpl.cpl” into the field and press “Enter” to bring up Internet Properties window. (It’s advisable to remember this command that reduced 10 tedious steps before this).
  4. On the top menu tap of Internet Properties window, select Connections.
  5. Click on “LAN settings” button located at the lower_right_corner. A new window appears as “Local Area Network (LAN) Settings”, illustration below.
  6. Check the box “Use Proxy server for your LAN (These settings will not apply to dial-up or VPN connections)” (Uncheck to resume to original settings)
  7. Enter the Address and Proxy as show in the illustration below.
  8. Finish with clicking “OK” to close all windows.
  9. Start surfing to https://Facebook.com/login.php.

Important: With the above settings, logging in to Facebook.com will prompt you with some security questions. This procedure is necessary for verification on your FB account, as proxy server designated below are from S. Korea. Meaning, you are virtually surfing the internet from that country.

So at the end of the security questions, FB will show the location. Simply click “This is OK” to accept and proceed to use Facebook.com.

Are you already on full access to Facebook.com now? Yes? Isn’t this magical?

Now, you may have some questions right now, such as How proxy server works? Am I surfing on anonymity mode? How the proxy server is being selected and why it is safe to use? Will my password be stolen?

First off, please put all this doubt aside. That specific proxy that you are using is safe and on high-anonymity. You are owning the best options at your own upmost advantage, as mentioned from the beginning. What is there to lose? Smile

However, please follow up with another post to answer the above questions, and feel free to comment and share opinions on this post.

PS: If you are traveling in Vietnam right now, be sure to use it with social responsibility, despite Facebook.com being banned by the official authority. And if you are on public PC, do resume back to its original settings after use.

Proxy Settings for Facebook
Proxy Settings for Facebook

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List of Anonymous Web Proxies (Mostly Free!)

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Here is a post, much related to Anonymous Web Proxy.

A friend of mine has called me this morning, questioning on why am I not given a list of Anonymous Web Proxies that I have posted 2 days ago. Well, I have just given KProxy.com as an example, and also as a temporary solution to unblock and access to Facebook.com anonymously.

In fact, one of the visitors was very helpful to provide a better web proxy in his comment.

Anonymous Web Proxies
Anonymous Web Proxies

Before I share with the rest of the readers on more Anonymous Web Proxy, (especially for those with great concern on accessing Facebook.com), I would like to explain a little more about Anonymous Web Proxy.

What Is Anonymous Web Proxy?
Web proxy will hide your IP address from the source website whilst allowing internet surfers the opportunity to anonymously surf their favorite websites, without altering any configuration of the browser, e.g Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.

How Anonymous Web Proxy works?
As you surf through the proxy website, request sent will be carried forward bypassing its given server as a buffer. It then download the requested web pages and files, and re-forward them back to the user.

There are too many web proxies that one can use. There are free and pay services. Some provide continuous popping of annoying ads, as you surf facebook.com through their web. There are also slow and traffic-congested web proxies. Usually, pay service will provide a faster and secure browsing.

So the questions are where is the list of web proxies? Are their status checked? and How many days has it been up and running?

I don’t have any recommendation of a good web proxy. However, here is a how-to on choosing the better ones.
Try surfing to below link to gain more choices of getting a newer web proxies.
There are hundreds of them for you to choose and try it out. It is frequently updated and checked on its working status.

http://Proxies4u.com

On one important note, any surfers who use web proxies, always log in to Facebook.com using the safer connection. i.e. Secure browsing (“https”) protocol.

https://facebook.com/login.php

If the web proxy fails to surf you the web page, it just meant there don’t support (“https”) protocol. Skip and try another web proxy.

Alternatives for facebook Login?

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I was just wondering on the ‘silence’ of my last post 3 days ago. No comments on the outcome of using anonymous web proxy to login to Facebook.

Alternatives for Facebook Login
Alternatives for Facebook Login

Nevertheless, that kinda of ‘quiet response’ is not surprising, since anonymous web proxies are abundant all over world wide web. Free and pay services. I use that as my temporary alternatives for logging to Facebook, still not the best, though.

For the past few days, I have been enjoying my time accessing to Facebook with ease, occasionally, slower speed in bandwidth. That newer way of logging in doesn’t border me much, as long as it meets the 3 most important aspects of internet surfing. (Based on an occasional surfer, or Facebook’s Addict)

  1. Securitythe capability to reduce potential risk of break-ins for computer internet accounts and personal details by cyber theft. (See the difference of words between ‘cyber’ and ‘cyper’, its affect the image of my web address significantly, as in http://CyperWin.com. No criminal act on this blog, I’m trying to convey)
  2. Privacythe ability to control what information one reveals about oneself over the Internet, and to control who can access that information. (No website is always safe, however, with a controlled process to achieve a certain degree of privacy)
  3. Anonymitythe subtlety to ensure transmitting of internet information with considerable assurance of one’s identify not being revealed publicly. (This only 99% guaranteed since IP addresses, in principle, can be tracked)

So How is it going at your end? Found any Alternatives for facebook Login?

Log in to Facebook using Anonymous Web Proxy

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Below showing another alternative to log in to Facebook.com. I have been using this anonymous web proxy for a a period of time. Also known as web re-directors.

There are too many anonymous web proxy you can find. Some comes with annoying advertisement, where it starts to pop-up while you surf to Facebook.com. I would recommend KProxy.com

 

https://KProxy.com/index.jsp

It comes with free and paid services. Free proxy is what I often go for, however, users have to compromise on the slower speed. Occasionally, server busy due to high usage traffic. If that happens, do a hard refresh by holding Control+F5. Or simply F5 to reload pages.

As you can see on the tagline “KProxy works great with Facebook. We have fixed it at nearly 100%. Test it!”. I personally experiencing  surfing through this proxy with moderate satisfaction. Mainly the reason is because its free. Otherwise, you may tried the paid services.

While using this site, you have to take note. Always use the SSL/TLS protocol to provide encryption and secured login to Facebook . Meaning, ‘http’, with the ‘s’ Secured; (i.e is “https://”). Apply it on Kproxy.com and Facebook.com

The 2 links as below. Follow the print-screen shown above.

https://kproxy.com/index.jsp

https://facebook.com/login.php

Hope the above will temporary help for those facebook surfers in HCM city.

Free to comment on the feedback of using this proxy at your end.