The "Do Not Accept a Friendship Request from Fabrizio Brambilla" Hoax or Prank
Please tell all the contacts in your Messenger list, not to accept Fabrizio Brambilla friendship request. He is a hacker and has the system connected to your Facebook account. If one of your contacts accepts it, you will also be hacked, so make sure that all your friends know it. Thanks. Forwarded as received.
But obviously, the person who started the hoax does not know much about computer hacking, anything about computer hacking, did this for the fun of it, or to scare people and create public panic. Currently, it is virtually impossible to hack someone's computer, mobile device, Facebook or other social media accounts by accepting a friend request. Therefore, do not share, "like", comment on the hoax, and if it is posted on your Facebook Wall or Timeline, remove or delete it to help stop it from spreading to other users.
If for some reason there is someone on your Facebook Friends List and you want to remove that person, you may click on the person's name, which will take you to his/her Facebook profile. Once you on the person's Facebook profile page, you may hover over "Friends" at the bottom of the profile photo, and click "Unfriend" from the menu list that will appear.
Here are some simple ways your computer or social media account 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 malware like spyware, Trojan horse or Keylogger
- using weak or easily guessed passwords
- opening a malicious email attachment that contains a virus, Trojan horse or other malware
- 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 "AutoRun" 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 usernames and passwords on a fake or phishing website
- giving your username and password to someone who requests it via social media message, email or telephone