Don't Accept a Friend Request from Maggie from Sweden - Fake Hacker Alert
May 15, 2014
The Facebook post: "ALERT!!!!! ALERT!!!!! Don't accept a friend request from Maggie from Sweden, she is a HACKER.", is another hoax created by pranksters. It claims that Maggie from Sweden is a hacker and she can hack your computer, if she can obtain your computer's ID and address. And, Maggie can obtain your computer's ID and address if you or one of your friends accept a friend request from her.
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The Facebook Hoax: Don't accept a friend request from Maggie from Sweden
ALERT!!!!! ALERT!!!!! Don't accept a friend request from Maggie from Sweden, she is a HACKER.
Tell everyone on your list cause if someone on your list adds her then she will be on yours too. She will figure out your computer ID and address, so send this to everyone on your list even if you don't care for them cause if she hacks them, she hacks YOU too.
She is also noted for repeated sexual harrasment and indecent private chatting.
Obviously, the person who started the hoax does not know much computer hacking, nothing about computer hacking, or did this for the fun of it.
Currently is not possible to obtain your computer's ID and address by accepting a Facebook friend request. The computer ID and address the hoax is referring to is your computer name and Internet Protocol (IP) address.
An IP address is a number that is assigned to every computer or device that goes on the internet. This number is used to locate a computer or device on the internet, so other computers or devices can connect to it. It is like a telephone number. Every connected telephone has a number, so if you need to reach someone on his/her telephone; you just dial that person’s number.
Do not share, "like", comment on this Facebook hoax, if it is posted on your Facebook Wall or Timeline.instead, use the Facebook "Report Story or Spam" option to help Facebook stop this hoax from spreading to other users.
Here are some very simple ways your computer can be hacked:
- clicking on a link in a Facebook post, a Tweet (Twitter), an email message, or elsewhere, that takes you to a malicious website
- downloading pirated or cracked software online embed with malwares like spyware, Trojan horse or Key logger
- using weak or easily guessed passwords
- opening a malicious email attachment that contains a virus, Trojan horse or other malwares
- downloading bogus antivirus software
- downloading fake software updates
- allowing an unknown person to access your computer remotely via a remote desktop software
- not updating your operating system and web browsers
- browsing the internet without antivirus software installed
- browsing the internet without a firewall software
- connecting your computer to an unsecured Wi-Fi connection at places like a coffee shop, hotel or other Wi-Fi hotspots
- not protecting your Wi-Fi (wireless) connection with a password
- allowing the "Auto Run" or AutoPlay feature in Windows, which opens a default program (could be a virus), when a flash/thumb drive is inserted into one of your USB ports
- allow a stranger to use your computer without monitoring him/her
- installing a malicious Facebook application
- entering your user names and passwords on a fake or phishing website
- giving your user name and password to someone who request it via email or telephone
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