About face book

MrD_Sam_RazaMrD_Sam_Raza New ZealandMember Posts: 2,511 ✭✭✭
edited 31 March, 2010 in Laws & Legislation
I know Catsters linked itself to facebook so I thought I'd be able to ask this question here. As I know many of you are very computer savvy and nice helpful cats :) I received an invite to a group but found I needed to sign up to face book to view the group. Ok I thought and started to sign up. I entered my e-mail address and it came up as 'I was already a member'. I thought I may have signed up ages ago so I asked to change my password (all my passwords didn't work). I got into the account only to discover it was under someone else's name?????? Huh I thought so I tried to look up the help and there is no where that you can e-mail someone and ask. The only thing I found is ...to report the listing as false. I couldn't find the icon but it may have been because I was in using that account. My question is.....Is it safe??? If people started up a false account with my e-mail address can they hack into my computer? How safe are we??? If someone can help that would be lovely. Thanks purrs Mr D:)

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  • Beastie_and_the_BoysBeastie_and_the_Boys Marquette, MI / ChicagoMember Posts: 17,806 ✭✭✭
    edited 16 March, 2010
    Hmm...that's freaky! :-O I looked on Facebook, and the closest thing I can find is how to report a user for impersonating you. It says: "If someone has created an account to impersonate or imitate you, please go to the impostor profile and click "Report this Person" in the left column. Check the "Report this Person" box, choose "Fake Account" as the reason, and add "Impersonating me or someone else" as the report type. Be sure to add a valid web address (URL) leading to the real profile so that we can review the information." http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=14240 I would definitely change the password on your email account, too.
  • BruceTheBossBruceTheBoss Winslow, BuckinghamshireMember Posts: 37,079 ✭✭✭
    edited 16 March, 2010
    Oh that is very odd Mr D. We hope you manage to get some answers, keep us posted :-k On another note, it would be great to see you or your human on Facebook, there are so many catster friends and humans on there ~a~

    Bruce The Boss

  • MrD_Sam_RazaMrD_Sam_Raza New ZealandMember Posts: 2,511 ✭✭✭
    edited 16 March, 2010
    Yeah it was a bit scary:(I'm a little unsure about starting up an account now. I think you must be able to start up an account there with out confirming your e-mail address. As the person must have just put in our e-mail then their password as I couldn't get into it at first so I asked for the password to be changed. You know how you click on forgotten password. Well I clicked on that and through the e-mail I received was able to put in a new password that I knew. Only to find some one else’s name ... Mohan (something like that) Tuatara, Male and that he was in his 50s. I thought at first I had moved into someone else’s account and then thought hang on… that's OUR e-mail address, I tried to find that area that said it was a fake but it didn't appear, Maybe because I was using the account, it doesn't show :? I don't know. Anyway I quickly cancelled the account, clicking on the button (for a reason) to do with privacy issues. Now the strange thing is we have a You Tube account and a photobucket account under the name TuataraDude, That's also the name the human male used when he was playing BF2 (an online war game) that's where it started his BF2 character name, lol the human male here likes those reptiles. So some-one may have worked on that name and managed to find our e-mail address to use in the account. The rest of the info is strange to me. I just wonder what they did with the account :-O I think I like it when you join something, that they send a message to your e-mail confirming it before they let you start up an account.
  • Jan ArmstrongJan Armstrong Member Posts: 6,559
    edited 17 March, 2010
    Here is what happened to my auntie and some of her friends when they signed up for facebook three weeks ago. Someone got hold of the passwords of their email they use for facebook , hacked their email accounts, and sent out kid porn spam from their email accounts. Mom got 6 spams from auntie\'s account and knew first off it wasn\'t auntie. Mom immediately got auntie on the phone and told her. The law is involved and traced this hacker to their facebook accounts, and how they go from here I don\'t know. If auntie and her friends didn\'t make a facebook, this would not have happened to them. I worry about myspace too.
  • MrD_Sam_RazaMrD_Sam_Raza New ZealandMember Posts: 2,511 ✭✭✭
    edited 18 March, 2010
    Yikes!!!!!:-O
  • Jan ArmstrongJan Armstrong Member Posts: 6,559
    edited 18 March, 2010
    I\'m not discouraging anyone from facebook. I\'d just make an email account for facebook only and with no contacts in it.
  • BruceTheBossBruceTheBoss Winslow, BuckinghamshireMember Posts: 37,079 ✭✭✭
    edited 18 March, 2010
    Very good idea Hawkeye. We know a couple of people who have had their accounts hacked, but Mum has been on there 3 years and never had any problems, she thinks its just pot luck. We like the idea of setting up an email address just to be used purely for Facebook =;=;

    Bruce The Boss

  • MrD_Sam_RazaMrD_Sam_Raza New ZealandMember Posts: 2,511 ✭✭✭
    edited 19 March, 2010
    Thanks, great idea. I just signed up for a new hotmail account, so I can use that to start up an account. Thanks for the tip. I did have to confirm my e-mail address so maybe the other person didn\'t have access after starting it ... let\'s hope. Thanks again for the good advise.. Geez we aren\'t very safe are we.
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
    edited 21 March, 2010
    Kid porn spam??? That's serious stuff. It's illegal to either send or receive it. Eek. I signed up for Facebook a while back, but am now thinking of canceling my page. How can you do that?
  • MrD_Sam_RazaMrD_Sam_Raza New ZealandMember Posts: 2,511 ✭✭✭
    edited 22 March, 2010
    I think there is a spot to leave the site. But if you have my problem it\'s hard to remember what is the name you used on the site, not to mention the password. :)) Blimey it\'s hard to remember them all, I should write it all down. BUT they say not to write down passwords. I don\'t know :))
  • Vicky ChanVicky Chan MarkhamMember Posts: 3,542
    edited 22 March, 2010
    Mr. D I don't know how old you are but if you're a kid I advise you to be very careful when using facebook. Please do not accept requests or sign up for anything you don't know about. At this point I suggest you change your password and change all your privacy settings to friends only. Unfortunately there are creeps out there no matter what site you're on. That's why it's important to be careful.
  • Jan ArmstrongJan Armstrong Member Posts: 6,559
    edited 22 March, 2010
    My Momma\'s Twitter got hacked! Not sure what was sent because Mom wasn\'t on twitter for about two months and then the place that did the tiny URL shut the link through their site down due to TOS. What happed was an account was hacked and the tiny URL was sent to all that person\'s follow/following. One of which is my Mom. Then all the follows/following in Mom\'s account got spammed. Then the same happened to those persons. Two of Mom\'s follows that got spammed is Dogster and Catster twitter! ::o I worry about my Catster getting hacked. Not near enough login security.
  • MrD_Sam_RazaMrD_Sam_Raza New ZealandMember Posts: 2,511 ✭✭✭
    edited 22 March, 2010
    Thanks Nina, I\'m only 4 but my human is 45. I think the kids these days are more computer savy than the oldies. Hee hee well I say the human is old she is to me anyway.:)) It is scary I wish I didn\'t need to join facebook. It\'s just I couldn\'t access the group without doing so.:( It was actually playing on Catster that taught the huamn more about computers. A few years ago if you said just copy and paste to her she would have gone. Huh!!!!:? what\'s that.
  • MrD_Sam_RazaMrD_Sam_Raza New ZealandMember Posts: 2,511 ✭✭✭
    edited 22 March, 2010
    Hawkeye, it was what you said made me start up another hotmail account. Which I thought was a good idea. Thanks for that.
  • Tina BTina B Vancouver IslandMember Posts: 2,238
    edited 23 March, 2010
    Mr. D...ok I have been reading your posts, and I am thinking that because you tried to join facebook through Catster, this is why it happened? This is what it sounds like to me anyhow. Did you go to facebook to join without doing anything here on catster? Im not too sure but I joined the catster group long before it was mentioned here at Catster, and I had no problem. Alot of times too people will go to groups and hack the people there, so one has to be careful what info you share with groups, always put everything on facebook so only your friends can see your page even your profile picture, etc...
  • MrD_Sam_RazaMrD_Sam_Raza New ZealandMember Posts: 2,511 ✭✭✭
    edited 23 March, 2010
    No I haven\'t found the Catster group yet on face book.:( The human used to be in the airforce and they have formed a group for past and present members of the trade. The trade was very small so it\'ll be a small group even with past members. They still keep in contact with some, once you join the forces it\'s like family, even though the humans left almost 20 years ago.
  • Noah GaboriaultNoah Gaboriault CorningMember Posts: 941
    edited 24 March, 2010
    My human has a Facebook account: he\'s sorry to hear that you had the problems you did, hopefully you have it all straightened out now and set right though. He counts himself fortunate that, knock on wood, he hasn\'t had any problems with hacking or anything of that sort aside from the usual spam (which he\'s found is easy enough to deal with -- so far). Hopefully things go more smoothly from here on out! =;
  • Lilly KoonsLilly Koons LouisvilleMember Posts: 159
    edited 24 March, 2010
    Well its possible that people can set up your account without knowing your password, but I would be suspicious and wonder if someone isn't using my account as many places do require a confirmation code they send to your e-mail or a link that they send.
  • MrD_Sam_RazaMrD_Sam_Raza New ZealandMember Posts: 2,511 ✭✭✭
    edited 25 March, 2010
    Thanks I hope all is well and nobody has been sent horrible e-mails. purrs to that. Now I have to remember 2 more new account names and passwords :)) one for the new hotmail account and the other, the facebook one. As I don't think I'll use it that often. But at least I feel a little more safer.
  • Marta GasperMarta Gasper FairburyMember Posts: 636
    edited 31 March, 2010
    Some of us are in FB and it is helpful in many ways..what happened to you happens with many accts online..no way around it..look up Marta Gasper(my foster mom) and send her a friend request..oh and you can write down your passwords, just don't have them in a file folder or anywhere stored in the puter..you can jot that on paper or something. The problem with keeping passwords is that when a hacker read it. Sure your house can be robbed too but..can't worry abt everything:)
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