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On the subject of Facebook

Somebody might think Facebook became and obsession for me. In reality is not true! I do like it. While creating some dummy accounts from my previous post though something caught my attention and I thought it might deserve at list a quick mention.
Basically what I notice is that you can do a lot of things even if your mail is not confirmed. Is true that a lot of options as write on other people walls, send messages and stuff like this is blocked. But you can do at least 2 things that associated with a trusted but not verified mail are potentially dangerous:

  • add a friend
  • post on the wall
Now as usual I leave you with a question. Would you trust a link in a wall from a user called William (Bill) Gates having his mail gates@microsoft.com??

Stay tuned!!

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