Is Facebook phishing for email passwords?
There are really only two rules for keeping an email account secure: choose a strong password and don’t share that password with anyone else. Follow these two rules and you reduce your chances of being hacked to almost zero. If you do share your password, you have lost control of it. It’s as simple as that. Even if you trust the person you have given it to, and made them promise really really hard that they won’t tell anyone else, there is nothing you can do to stop them.
So why is Facebook asking me for my email account password?
I have recently re-joined Facebook after deleting my old account some four years ago. My old account was such an unholy mess of personal and professional that the thought of untangling it all seemed to be more trouble than it was worth, hence the nuclear option.
Now I’m back, I find that Facebook hasn’t changed much at all. Old friends are easy to find and there is the snowball effect that for each friend request I send, I receive many more requests in return.
One thing that is new, or at least something I’d never seen before, is the option to have Facebook scrape the contact list of my email address for people I know, and they will automatically be sent friend requests on my behalf. What a great tool! (more…)