Should I Use Facebook to Log In to Other Sites When Offered?

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I’ve noticed recently that a number of websites allow you to log in using another web service instead of directly from that webpage. For example, my son couldn’t remember his password at PhoneZoo, but it had an option to log in from his Facebook page. He pressed the button, logged into Facebook and he was also logged into PhoneZoo.

Can you explain this a little bit about what’s going on here and whether this means there is an increased security risk? If someone gets in his Facebook account, I would assume they could also get into his PhoneZoo account or any other website providing this access. Is this a trend and is there any way to avoid it?

Rarely do I get to be this absolute: if it’s presented as an option, don’t use it. Log in with a traditional email or ID and password instead.

There are a variety of reasons, but the most important is simply basic security.

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I Have Two Facebook Accounts, How Do I Delete Just One of Them?

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I have two personal Facebook accounts under my name. To make a long story short, while I was on vacation two years ago, I could not access my original Facebook account, so I created a second one using an alternate email address. The problem that I am facing now is that people connect with me through both Facebook accounts while I would rather use just one. I did look into deleting one of them, but I’m afraid that both of my accounts will then be deleted as both are under the same name, but have their own email and password. How do I safely delete just one of my accounts? 

As long as you have access to both accounts, deleting one of them safely is no problem at all.

The “problem” that many people run into is when they don’t have access to that “second” account — because they didn’t set it up in the first place!

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Where Do Facebook Friend Suggestions Come From?

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I have occasionally received ‘invitations’ from people, most of whom I know only vaguely, to join them on Facebook. I’ve no wish to join Facebook, so just ignore these. Yesterday, however, I received yet another invitation, from someone who runs art classes I once enquired about. Underneath, Facebook lists three other people who have invited me in the past. And, below that, there is a list of nine other people ‘whom you may know’ – none of whom have ever invited me, and three of whom I have had only very basic contact with – eg a single enquiry made to an archivist.

This really worries me – how does Facebook know that I have ever had any contact with these people? Can Facebook access their emails, see where they are all going to, and cross-reference them with people who have received an invitation from elsewhere? Or can they, having once been given my email address, somehow gain access to my Sent messages, see where they are being sent to, and cross-reference them against their existing Facebook membership??

This really worries me – it just seems such an invasion of my privacy, and concerns me that they may be able to access all sorts of personal information and conversations.

Can you explain how this can be happening, and suggest any way to block it, please??

I’m not privy to all the details of how Facebook works. That being said, I can hazard a guess as to how Facebook (or any social network with similar capabilities) might be making these recommendations.

No, Facebook is not looking at anyone’s email (outside of messages sent on Facebook itself).

Facebook friend suggestions and invitations to join Facebook — whether emailed, or suggestions when signed in to Facebook — are nothing more than what I’d characterize as very educated guesses.

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How Do I Recover My Facebook Password?

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I stupidly forgot my Facebook login password and can’t get on. Now what do I do? Can I have Facebook send it to me?

No, Facebook won’t email you your password. If they do security correctly, they can’t.

There are two approaches to try: the official way, and the not-so-official way. Even if you don’t use the not-so-official way, you should know about it, as it represents a potential security threat.

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Busting Some Facebook Myths

Facebook is the most popular social media platform on the planet. Its users are measured in billions, which just boggles the mind.

Along with that popularity comes a lot of abuse, misuse, and misunderstanding. I want to address the latter by examining several recent memes and general misunderstandings that are at best misleading or wrong, and at worst can actually make you less safe if you believe them.

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Could Someone Set Up a Facebook Account in My Name?

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I avoid Facebook. There are too many problems associated with it, plus it’s just not my thing. However, I have received email invitations (whatever that is) and I’ve deleted them. One person sent several over a few months. Do they get paid to recruit accounts? The invitations were from people that rarely if ever email me that have somehow retained my email address. But I digress. Can someone create a Facebook account in my name without my permission or knowledge? How do I check for any? What unique identifier does Facebook use? An email address? If found, how do I delete an erroneous account in my name? Obviously, if I didn’t create an account, I have no idea what the password is (assuming Facebook requires accounts to have passwords).

There’s a lot to this question.

Let’s work it in reverse order.

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How Do I Delete My Facebook Account?

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What is the safest way to deactivate and completely eliminate my Facebook account?

A lot of people are concerned about Facebook’s recent privacy policy changes and revelations, and are seriously considering deleting their Facebook account completely.

I’ll walk you through some simple steps to do it, pointing out a couple of issues that make it easy for the deletion not to happen.

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Is Someone Trying to Hack My Facebook Account?

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I received this message: “We received a request to reset your Facebook password.” (to two different e-dresses) at 2:30 something am. I was not up at that hour. The links in the email, I believe, lead to an actual FB page to reset my password. Does this mean that someone was trying to hack me?

All I can really say is maybe.

I might even go so far as to say probably, but I can’t say yes, since there are other possible explanations.

Let’s review what’s going on.

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Facebook Privacy

As I’ve said before, one way privacy issues happen is through people’s own actions. Over-sharing on social media is the most common example.

Nowhere is that more common than on Facebook, where privacy settings are so complex, it’s often difficult to know exactly who can see what, when, and where.

Let’s review Facebook’s privacy settings, and perhaps most importantly, what they might imply.

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Is My Facebook Account Being Hacked?

“Is my Facebook account being hacked?” That’s the question I had when I found a series of password-reset confirmation requests from Facebook in my inbox.

In fact, since I have two email addresses associated with my Facebook account, I had the same series of request in both inboxes.

Except I hadn’t requested a reset.

Let’s look at what happened, and how my preparations in securing my account kept me safe, so that you can do the same.

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How do I get rid of this annoying Facebook share pop-up?

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Each time I move my mouse over a link, this Facebook “share thing” jumps up. I hate it. If I wanted to share with the world or another person, I’d send them an email. I want to turn it off. How do I do that?

For what I can tell, this doesn’t sound like a feature that you can turn on or off. I suspect that the website that you’re visiting is displaying the pop-up on purpose.

So let’s talk about that.

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