Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hey Mission Prez, CIO! Sweet Ringtones!

I just logged into Facebook to find that my former Mission President (from my service days in Germany) left me a comment. I was excited to see what he wrote to me, as I don't hear from him very often.

I found this comment from LeRoy S. Wirthlin, whom i usually associate with the phrase "great-grandfather":

OMG! Thanks for the tip Prez!

I'm usually annoyed at my not-so-internet-savvy friends that get duped into these links and subsequently unintentionally send them everyone else to whom they are connected. This one just made me laugh out loud, and I almost didn't want to delete it of my page, because it looked so priceless. Alas, I knew that if I left it up some sucker would click on it. Thank goodness for screen grabs and blogs. Deine Schlauheit geniest ein ewiges Leben auf meinem Blog.


Das Wenigste Blog der Welt said...

Actually, it's not that people get duped into sending those links... it's that someone has actually hacked into that person's account sending out spam to all of his/her friends. I've had several who this has happened to. When they logged onto their accounts, they found that someone else had sent out spam for porn or some other spam sites. If I were you, I'd like your former mission president know that someone used his account fouly. Hope all is well in Colorado!

eric said...
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eric said...

yeah, i know. but the hack doesn't happen until you click on the link yourself. If you look at the link, you'll see it's not a web address. it's a flash file (.swf). It's an executional file that hacks into your facebook network and sends that same comment to a bunch of other people (and who knows what else it's doing).

If you see you got the link as a comment, but don't click on it (rather delete it) you're safe, at least in this case.

So the "dupe" is clicking on the link. You're not hacked until you click. I know he didn't forward it manually himself. Knowing that is the "savvy" I refer to.

I may be totally wrong, but so far, this practice has allowed me to completely avoid putting myself and my friends in this situation. It's a better-safe-than-sorry approach that seems to work.