Jun 012012
 

timelineby Jim Guld

Timeline is one of the latest changes in the ever-evolving world of Facebook. It is a new way to view your profile. It is different.

Every time change happens, a vocal segment of users wail and gnash their teeth, complaining that now they will be inconvenienced and their privacy will be compromised.

Whenever Facebook makes a change, scammers will try to capitalize on those resisting the changes, wanting to retain the "old way."

There are a couple "Timeline-removing" spam scams making the rounds on Facebook. They are targeting users who dislike the recently introduced feature and are looking for a way to go back to the old look. Users who take the bait are encouraged to install a browser plug-in that supposedly removes Facebook Timeline. Security experts are still unsure what the plug-in does, but advise against installing it.

Another application is called "Facebook Timeline Remover." This one does not install anything, Users are invited to complete a collection of surveys for suspicious marketing affiliates. Phishing. I always check Snopes.com for info on potential scams. They say it’s not as dangerous as the fear mongers might have you think, but it is still ill-advised to click on any link promising to get rid of Timeline. http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/timeline.asp.

A Facebook spokesperson said, "Security is a top priority for Facebook, and we devote significant resources to helping people protect their accounts and information. We’ve built numerous defenses to combat phishing and malware, including complex automated systems that work behind the scenes … Security is an arms race, and our teams are always working to identify the next threat and build defenses for it."

Even if you could find a legitimate plugin that alters the look of your Facebook profile, you have just added another layer of complexity to your computer. Next time you have a problem with your Facebook profile, you won’t know if it’s Faceboook – or the plugin. Just don’t do it! Rather than fighting the change, we recommend taking some time to learn more about Timeline and Facebook in general. Here is Facebook’s Help page on Timeline. And, here’s is Geeks on Tour’s learning library page for Facebook – the first 3 videos are free for anyone, the rest require a paid membership.

MrsGeek

Traveling the country in an RV with her husband, Jim. We present seminars at RV rallies and computer clubs all over the country.

  4 Responses to “Don’t Fall for Timeline Removal Scams”

Comments (3)
  1. In fact no matter if someone doesn’t understand after that its up to other users that they will assist, so here it happens.

  2. I’m not sure if this is the correct venue but, I wish to thank you for the many relevant articles. It has has been over three years since we have become separated from our motor home. We also traveled with two dogs. What great times we had and places we visited. One thing that I’ve always continued with is all the RV articles that we had in the past. Yours especially have been most informative and enlightening. Being a technology deficient 75 year old Pollock you have no idea how much help you have been with some of the information you have imparted via the internet. God Bless, keep RV’n and keep us edumacated.

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