Sunday, February 14, 2010

Why I'm Not on Facebook

Yesterday, my Facebook account was the target of a 419 fraud. Someone, somehow, was able to log into my account as if they were me, and used Facebook chat to ask my friends to wire money abroad.

Luckily, a friend who got one of these instant messages picked up the phone and called me. I opened Facebook, saw these chats in progress, logged out, and changed my password. That afternoon, I tried to log on to Facebook and got a message that my account had been disabled.

I've written to ask that the account be restored, but since it's a holiday weekend, I doubt I'll get a response before Tuesday. Even then, I suspect they'll deny it, and I will have to create a new account. Annoying, and also dismaying and frightening, as I have no idea how they could have captured my Facebook password. It's not a password I use for email, or for my banking, but it is one I use on a couple of other entertainment sites.

In the meantime, it's just one less thing to waste time on. Happy Chinese New Year, everybody, and happy feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius!


Kieran said...

why i'm not on facebook:

1) it's like getting into a sputtering taxi near dawn on new year's in NYC...

2) crazy people, past and present. finding me. gah!

now twitter, hey! block, block, block!

AnswerGirl said...

Oh, you can block people on Facebook, too — and if I do have to rebuild my account from scratch, I'll be a lot smarter about accepting and sending friend requests. I think of FB as a virtual breakroom, and I like hanging out there.

Twitter, on the other hand, feels like Speakers' Corner at Hyde Park, where everyone's talking and no one is listening.