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Facebook Hacker Door

Claim:   Listing yourself as your friend on Facebook creates an open door for hackers.

FALSE

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, May 2010]

HACKER DOOR INTO YOUR FB ACCT- FB has a default where it lists ourselves in our friends list now - U need to remove yourself as a friend otherwise it is somehow an open door for hackers. Go to Account, go to edit friends, there search for your name on the list and click the X to get your name removed. ~~This is true, I was on my own list!"

 

Origins:   This warning about a "hacker door" is yet another bit of Facebook scarelore which began circulating in May 2010.

An odd glitch that has cropped up in Facebook causes users to show up in their own friends ("All Connections") lists as friends of themselves, and such entries will typically reappear even after they have been deleted. Strange behavior, perhaps, but it has nothing to do with "opening a door" that allows hackers into one's Facebook account — having your account name show up as your own friend has no deleterious effects in Facebook.

Last updated:   3 May 2010

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