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> Beware of new vacation scam emails and texts. Bitdefender says one of the most common is a summer vacation questionnaire that looks as if it’s coming from a major airline, promising an “exclusive offer” of frequent flyer miles to those who complete the online poll. But it’s all fake. Logging in gives the scammers personal information about the user.


> Uber is out with a list of the items passengers accidentally leave behind most often when they exit the car. #1 is smartphones. While Uber has a process where customers can notify the driver of an item left behind, this is a reminder that your phone should always require a face scan or password to access information on the device.


> Here’s an easy way to stop unwanted text messages on your cellphone. On an iPhone, click Settings > Messages > Filter Unknown Senders. On an Android phone, open the Messages app, tap the Menu key, then Settings > Spam Message Settings > Block Unknown Senders. In either case, only the names stored in your phone’s address book will get through.

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(Editor's note: we've received many questions and comments about Facebook over the past couple of weeks. Here are a few of them.)

"I want to tip readers off to a scam I am seeing on Facebook Marketplace. I have had people ask for my email or phone number when they can communicate with me through Messenger. When someone messages me, I always look at their profile. If there is no profile and they've just started the new group, I know it's a scam. And I had a guy say he would Venmo me money for a purchase. I sent him my Venmo information, and he got a message saying I needed to set up a business account with him for $1,000. He says he'll refund the $1,000 minus the price of the item he's buying from me. Nope. Nope. Nope." — Lisa P.

Thanks, Lisa. 


"How do I get rid of Facebook Messenger?"


Facebook owns Messenger and wants you to use it, so Messenger is difficult to delete. Anytime you send a message to someone using Facebook, it will happen via the Messenger platform. You can turn Messenger off, but only for 24 hours, and you can only do that using your phone. You can, however, delete Facebook and deactivate Messenger together. 


"Any thoughts on how to get Facebook to help recover an account when the account's associated email and password have been hacked/changed?"

SonicWall says over 160 million Facebook accounts are hacked daily, usually because of weak passwords. Right now before trouble happens, update your Facebook password to a passphrase at least 12 characters long. Then set up two-factor authentication. That's where Facebook texts you a one-time code whenever you log in. Now, if your Facebook account does get hacked and you can't get in, go to facebook.com/hacked and enter the phone number you used to set up your account. 

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Aware Force Cybersecurity News • June 2022 b • Edition #147

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