Facebook makes it easier to identify scammers with this neat trick

Wednesday saw Facebook’s most recent initiative to tighten security; the social network has rolled out a feature that shows a list of recent emails sent by Facebook, in order to discern genuine PSAs from phishing scams.

Facebook makes it easier to identify scammers with this neat trick

It’s not uncommon for hackers to send messages under the guise of companies like Facebook, tricking vulnerable people into sending their login and password information. Ameliorated technology means these emails are often quite sophisticated in presentation, with even discerning users occasionally thrown off by them.

Known as phishing, the technique abounds among cyber-criminals, who use it to glean personal information from Facebook’s users. The social media giant, whose previous vigilante endeavours have included attempting to rid the side of fake news, yesterday unveiled a new feature that permits users to tell whether emails from Facebook are legitimate.

If you receive an email ostensibly from Facebook, but its content feels a little dubious, you can check its recent list of sent emails in the Security and Login section of Settings. If the email you received isn’t on this list, you know it’s fraudulent.

Facebook is known for sending security emails from the domain name “Facebookmail.com”, which is another means of testing whether a message is legitimate or not. Meanwhile, those that have been unearthed as fraudulent can be reported to Facebook itself, with product manager Scott Dickens urging victims and potential victims to report instances to “[email protected]”.

The move comes as one of the latest efforts to ameliorate the site, including the decision to disincentivise brands from soliciting likes and comments via spammy posts, and the omission of the Ticker – the live stream feature that showed the minutiae of friends’ social activity, which some (understandably) deemed “creepy”.

Meanwhile, the crackdown on phishing is a laudable – and necessary – one; CNN reported that global losses from phishing are estimated to exceed $9 billion (£6.7 billion) next year. Turns out fishing for likes isn’t the only harmful bait-induced undertaking associated with the site, then.

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