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Facebook Fail: The Like Button

Posted on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 in Culture, Internet by Nick

Like any other company, Facebook tends to mess up at times. Most companies mess up and most people do too. Recently they introduced a universal ‘Like’ button, so people could like everything. Sounds good, right? Wrong. After visiting some of my daily site (may or may not include warez sites), Facebook seems to have introduced a major problem.

The problem begins with the button itself. Its everywhere and its simple. Just a click and you like it. Nothing more, nothing less; That’s where the the problem strikes. Since it so simple, most people won’t pay attention if the button has them login into Facebook before it posts. What if though its not Facebook they are logging into? What if its a phisher?

I mean, phishers are trying all kinds of different techniques to get your information. Fake emails, scams, fake sites, and everything from here to Timbuktu. So Facebook releases the button so people can like things on other websites and it posts to their Facebook. Change the Facebook part to your site and now you can get the person’s login info. The bad thing is this is really easy to do. All they have to do is copy the stylesheet (or make their own) and write a password-emailing script, which you could learn to do on this blog. Upload it to a free host, put the fake button on a legit site, and now they have a really good way to get your info.

Now I’m not against the button, but all I’m saying is this button will have more of an effect than anyone could imagine.

Tips To Stay Safe:

  • Look at the URL bar in your browser. Make sure its http://www.facebook.com when you login
  • Login at Facebook before you like something
  • Don’t use the same passwords on different sites (I’m a big violator of this one)

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    Like any other company, Facebook tends to mess up at times. Most companies mess up and most people do too. Recently they introduced a universal ‘Like’
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