Beware of Facebook Chat-Jacking Scams

How would you like it if someone was pretending to be you, so that they could rip off your friends? Yesterday, Keith warned us about the Photoshop scam at Facebook, I’ve decided to fill you in on some of the details about this type of  Facebook scam.  So what is Chat-Jacking and why should you care?

What is Chat-Jacking?

While in Facebook, you might get a message from a friend that goes something like this:

Warning: Hey I Just Made A Photoshop of You Facebook Virus Spreading

Looks like another one of those Facebook Scam is currently under way. Users are posting messages saying that "hey, i just made a photoshop of you, check it out :P [link redacted]".


The above scam is more like a virus because it installs an app in your Facebook profile and then redirects you to a page where you have to fill out a survey which will make money for the scammer.

Right now the scam is spreading very quickly across Facebook, so stay away from clicking on the link. As always follow our guide on Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

This message is also spreading rapidly through Facebook Chat so don’t click on such messages even when you receive them through your friends in Facebook chat.

If you have clicked on the link, you will have to remove an application from your profile called or from your Profile to stop it from further affecting you and your friends. Learn more about removing apps from Facebook.

Marika Fruscio Spam Spreading on Facebook

A new Facebook scam is underway and it is more enticing than earlier one’s I have seen. The scam basically is about an Italian journalist; Marika Fruscio showing her breasts on Italian TV!.

Marika Fruscio Scam

If you think that this is something you want to watch, I would advise you to say away since there is no such video and you will basically be spamming your friends by liking the page automatically and posting it to your wall.

A quick search on shows that the scam is definitely enticing because tons of people are clicking on it already. Rest assured you aren’t getting to look at any videos showing breasts, so please don’t click on it.

Avoiding such scams is not easy on Facebook, but you can always follow caution. Clif had written a nice post on How To Avoid Facebook LIfeJacking Scams, it is definitely a worthwhile read to find and spot such scams.

Update: There is apparently some video on , however, the link on Facebook is an actual scam.

How to Avoid Facebook LikeJacking Scams

Recently, some of my friends and family have been victims of Likejacking at Facebook. It’s a type of clickjacking in which you are tricked into Likeinga website. It’s never happened to me, but I’ve just been very lucky. After a short time studying these Likejacking scams, I can see that it’s easy to be tricked. Below are three examples and how it works.

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As you can see, these are very tempting and they look like legitimate Likesfrom your friends. If you click to open them, you are taken to a page, normally with a video on it that needs to be clicked to play.



Clicking to play it, will instantly Likethis page on your wall. You can’t see it, but there’s a hidden Likebutton under your mouse cursor, no matter where you click on the page. Isn’t that sneaky?

Usually, you’ll be directed to fill out surveys before you are allowed to see a video. The hackers get paid for getting people to fill them out.

One defense against Likejacking is to use the Firefox browser with the NoScript add-on. If you are using Opera or Chrome browsers, you might try NotScripts.

Here’s what it looks like when a hidden Likejack is detected with NoScript.


In Google’s Chrome browser, you can right click on a link in Facebook and open it in Incognitomode. That way, you won’t be logged into Facebook when you arrive at the new page.


So far, I haven’t seen that feature in other browsers, but I think it can be added via extensions or addons.

Your best defense is some common sense. You will need to be more suspicious of your friends’ posts. It’s hard to resist temptation, but it’s also good for you.

Facebook is Now Valued at a Ridiculous $85 Billion

Just a couple of months back, Facebook reached a new high in terms of its valuation – $ 50 billion. At that point of time, it had a P/E ratio of 125, which was much higher than Google and Apple. It’s revenues in 2010 were $1.86 billion with a profit of $400 million.

Just when we were thinking that the Facebook valuation bubble had peaked and was cooling off, it reached a new high of $78 billion based on the sale of a block of shares at SecondMarket, just about 10 days back.

Now, it seems, Facebook’s valuation is at a new, higher, high. According to the last auction of Facebook shares by SharesPost, Facebook’s valuation is now $85 billion, with a stock price of $34. SharesPost just auctioned off a block of 100,000 shares for $3.4 million. That is just 0.004% of the total Facebook stock though, hardly an accurate indicator of Facebook’s true value.

There still seems to be a lot of demand for Facebook shares, as no one wants to miss out on the next Google. Facebook seems poised to hit the $100 billion mark soon. If that happened, Facebook would be one of the few private companies to be valued so high. Apparently, some of Facebook’s founders and stock holders who got in early are cashing out already. Hardly a vote of confidence, huh?

via Techcrunch

Get Back Old Facebook Comment Button – Fix Enter to Comment On Facebook

recently rolled out a new change to their user interface where they got rid of the Comment button and allowed users to comment by hitting the Enter key. However, this was a bit annoying to users who did not know about it and innocently hit enter to add a new line to their comment. When they did this, the comment was automatically posted. (Hint: use Shift + Enter to add a new line)

Facebook Comment Button

If you are someone who has been annoyed by this problem, there is a quick and easy fix to get back the old comment button on Facebook through a script.

To get the old comment button back in Facebook, head over to and click on the FixSillyFacebook.user.js to install the Greasemonkey script in and (you will need the Greasemonkey add-on). If you are using or Internet Explorer or Safari follow our earlier post on Installing Greasemonkey scripts in Opera, IE and Safari.

P.S. The above script was a modification of another script created by Daniel Wood because it lacked the ability to work on the www subdomain in Facebook.

Netflix Integrates With Facebook for Better Recommendations

Netflix has recently started testing Facebook integrations for a better recommendation service. Facebook is already a partner in the movie rental business with Warner Bros. Netflix, on the other hand, is the largest commercial cloud based movie recommendation service and has done an excellent job in recommending movies; all based on viewing history and user ratings. Their service is far superior to that offered by Warner Bros.


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The Facebook integration takes Netflix recommendations one-step deeper and adds a social dimension to their recommendation engine. This will help serve personalized Netflix content to users, just the way they want it. In this case, users should be willing to give up their personal data in return for better recommendations.

Patrick Seitz from has elaborated on the integration saying,

By connecting your accounts, your Facebook friends will be able to see that you’re a Netflix member as well as what you’ve watched, rated, what’s in your queue and other information about your use of the Netflix service,the terms state. You’ll be able to see the same information about your friends who participate.

Netflix also said it may personalize and otherwise enhance your experience based on your Facebook information, such as your Likes and Interests,the terms state.

In addition to this, Netflix also has many social features in plan. Though, it did not shed light on any of them.

Facebook is a storehouse of personal-data and if users allow Netflix access to Facebook, its quality of service will increase marginally. Being the current czar of streaming and rental movie services, Netflix will see a huge number of users who opt for this integration.

Facebook Comments Plugin Could Deprive Your Site Of Google SEO Juice

recently launched a new commenting system for websites and blogs which allowed website owners to add a commenting system to their blog posts.

No SEO Facebook Comments

The idea is very good considering that Facebook now has around 600 million users on the web and it would allow a user to comment with ease while allow them to also post those comments to Facebook itself. Facebook comments plugins also has a lot of other nice features like automatic plugin ratings based on likes and comments among other things.

However, the new Facebook commenting system also comes with a catch. The comments are only accessible to Facebook and cannot be indexed by Google or any other search engines for that matter.

Facebook Comments Bad for SEO and Webmasters

Commenting plays a big part on any blog allowing users to discuss a topic or add their own opinions to one. However, in addition to that comments are also a important part of SEO for a website, because they add value to it and Google often uses them while rating a webpage in their search results.

A very insightful post on Blind Five Year Old discusses this issue in depth and talks about how users comments are owned by Facebook. In fact I don’t think that even a webmaster has a way to export their comments from Facebook and integrate it in your own backend. This is a definite put-off for me since I would like to have control over data for my site.

Of course Facebook will more likely than not address these issues in the future, but it might take time. As of now, I feel that the Facebook comment plugin makes more sense on static websites which do not have a commenting system. I would definitely have loved to have tried out the Facebook comment plugins on the site, but these two pitfalls seem to be too big to ignore.

Do you use the Facebook comment plugin? Would you use it in future considering that you might lose out on Google rankings as well or not be able to re-import the comments to your blog? Do let me know through your comments.

Facebook for Android gets an update – adds ability to add photos to Friend’s Walls


Facebook for Android app has just received an update and now adds few exciting features along with some bug fixes. With the new version of Facebook for Android you can now add photos to Groups and your friend’s Walls. Once you are at your Friend’s Wall or Facebook group, the app now displays a camera icon which upon tapping you can now upload photos directly from your phone. Besides that, it will also upload the photos with correct orientation.

The most important update to the Facebook for Android version 1.5.2 is the added   security layer to the app. The Facebook web interface had received this update back in January and now the Android app will also enjoy it. The complete change-log includes:

  • Added the ability to upload photos to friend’s Walls
  • Upload photos to Groups
  • Photos will always upload with the correct orientation
  • Improvements to landscape mode
  • Improved security using SSL
  • Various bug fixes.

You can download or update the Facebook for Android from the Android Marketplace.

Being Underage and Having an Online Account- It is Easier than You Think

Everyone nowadays wants to be on Facebook, have an Email ID and thanks to the news media, suddenly, everyone is talking a lot about Twitter. In times like these, where online identity is a way of life, we have come past periods when online services were regulated by age barriers.

Any online account creation needs you to be of some legal age, but let’s face it. Ages are rarely verified after an account is created and we know that too well. These age restrictions are more of a moral binding rather than a legal one. All that stands between a minor and the mysterious and frolic filled world of social networks and online accounts is an unregulated checkbox, and it takes a single click get past the guilt if any.

What follows next, is an unraveling journey through every nook and corner and dark alley and friendly stop of an unexplored world. The excitement is too great to think back and understand that the account was created illegally.

Parents need to regulate how their children access the Internet. However, most of them run the fear of finding their children going online behind their backs, and opt to supervise their child’s online account. Everybody wins while the law is mocked. These situations need to change.

Here is my proposed solution. Account creations should be linked to online school records and only this way, will there be a full proof check of age. At the same time, this will provide people with a chronological identity for self assessment. Either way, something has to works better than simple declarations which are not serving the purpose. Declarations like these.


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