With the rise in popularity of Facebook texas holdem poker games for social networks such as Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Tagged and Hi5 also came the unfortunate accompanying rise in reports of players accounts being broken into and having their Facebook poker chips stolen. The forums on these social networking gaming sites are littered with hundreds if not thousands of such reports. As Facebook poker chips become more and more valuable these reports are set to continue to rise. There are, however, some steps you can take to avoid letting these hackers and phishers get their hands on your hard earned poker chips.
Never give out your password: This seems like common sense but you would be surprised at how many people lose their chips because they gave their passwords to a friend or family member or girlfriend/boyfriend. Are you 100% sure that you wont ever get in a fight with this person in the future and to get back at you they won’t log into your account and empty every last Facebook poker chip? Or maybe one day they ask you for some free chips as a loan and you turn them down, and so they decide they’re going to log into your account and help themselves. Just make it a habit to never give out your login information to anyone, his way if something ever does happen and your account is hacked into, you won’t have to suspect any of your friends or family of doing it and cause any hard feelings.
Don’t fall for the phishing scams: A popular method of stealing player’s Facebook poker chips recently has been to send them a seemingly official message to their Facebook inboxes pretending to be from Facebook security or an “official” Facebook representative, or even from the game creaters themselves. These fake messages usually accuse the player of violating the games terms of service or Facebook’s own rules and then instruct them to click on a link and login in order to save their accounts from deletion or suspension. In reality these links open websites designed to look like Facebook or MySpace’s login pages in order to trick users into entering their emails and passwords. Then while the fake website redirects or distracts them, hackers are busy logging into their texas holdem poker account and transferring out their Facebook poker chips into other accounts.
Official representatives for these games or from social networking sites will never contact you via your inbox. These messages should be deleted and reported to the appropriate people so that they can be shut down immediately.
You didn’t win any lottery or special promotion for chips: Another method that hackers use to steal your poker chips is the old “lottery” method where they claim you have won a million Facebook poker chips or some other special gift and to claim it you must log in to the link they provide. Just like the phishing scam previously mentioned, these sites only steal your passwords and login information. There is no lottery.
Don’t download Facebook poker cheat programs or trainers: Many of these so called cheats for Facebook poker are nothing more than trojan horse virus programs with keyloggers embedded into them. The hackers display them on sites like YouTube or advertise them on Facebook’s forums with the promise of doubling or tripling your Facebook poker chips in a matter of minutes. But as soon as you download and run the program and log into your account, a copy of your password is already being sent to the hacker waiting patiently across the internet to use it and break into your account.
Keeping your Facebook chips safe is mostly a matter of common sense, but phishers and hackers are constantly changing their method and coming up with new tricks to confuse and fool players. It’s important to educate yourself about security so you know what kind of things to expect and how to avoid them. Above all, never log into any website that isn’t the main URL, for example “http://www.Facebook.com” and if something sounds too good to be true or seems fishy, then it probably is.
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