Funny Hoax on Facebook’s Privacy Settings

I thought that hoax messages like Professional Hacker Named ‘Faceb Hu’ Trying to Hack Facebook Accountand Worst Ever Virusare usually created to scare users on Facebook, but today I came across a funny hoax message indicating that there is a new issue related to Facebook  privacy which will peek into your bathroom and steal your towel while you shower.

Here’s the complete message –

Facebook Privacy Settings Joke

NEW PRIVACY ISSUE WITH FACEBOOK! As of tomorrow, Facebook will creep into your bathroom when you’re in the shower, smack your bottom, and then steal your clothes and towel. To change this option, go to Privacy Settings > Personal Settings > Bathroom Settings > Smacking and Stealing Settings, and uncheck the Shenanigans box. Facebook kept this one quiet. Copy and Paste on your status to alert the unaware

That’s really an unusual and a funny message related to Facebook’s privacy settings. However, Graham from Sophos identified the similar post, but also noticed something very strange. He found that the post was shared publicly to “everyone” on Facebook.

This isn’t a security threat, however, on a serious note, before sharing something on Facebook, make sure that you always check whom you are sharing it with. For instance, if you happen to share a personal information with “friends” or a certain group, but accidently post it as “Public”, then obviously it wouldn’t remain personal anymore.

Facebook Sharing

From the above image you can notice that you can always choose whether you want to share the information publiclyor just with friends. So double-check before you share anything on Facebook. Here are my current (custom) privacy settings on Facebook. These settings control who can see what I share.

Facebook Custom Privacy Settings

To configure your privacy settings, go to Accountsand click on Privacy Settings. I hope this will help you configure privacy settings appropriately for your personal information.

I recommend you to go through the official document released by Facebook, which will definitely help you tackle scam messages. The document is available for free and you can  download  a copy of it from the  Facebook Security Page. In addition to that, I have written an article which explains on How to prevent your Facebook account from being hacked.

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Joel Fernandes

Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.