I just received this email from ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’:
The problem is that:
- I logged in to Facebook not that long ago and had no problems, and
- I’m suspicious of one click logging in. I assume the only thing I’ll have to enter is my ‘password’, but if I were having problems, wouldn’t the password be the source of the problem?
To counter these natural suspicions is the fact that the sender of this email used my real name rather than a generic ‘dear customer’ or something.
I honestly don’t know if this is a scam or not, but I definitely won’t be logging in via the email. I also don’t think this is a great move by Facebook [if it’s genuine]. Everyone knows that exploiting user error is the easiest way to scam anyone, and clever emails are the easiest way of doing that, so why increase the likelihood that a real scammer will use this email as a template to gain access to Facebook accounts?
If anyone knows any more about this possible scam, please let me know.
One of the things I dislike about using social media is the need to constantly login – to my email, my wordpress account, Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook [on the very rare occasions when I do] and the odd, ‘private’ blog or website. All of these logins require time and some effort on my part [what the heck was my password for Facebook again?] so wouldn’t it be nice if we could have one ID that was like a digital passport [and valid everywhere]?
Okay, I can hear the howls of outrage all the way across the world, but…but…isn’t it time we tamed the Wild Wild West? At least a little?
In my imagination I see something a bit like Paypal, except that it would be a paid service so we could sue if anything went wrong.
What I do not see is this identity being controlled by any government agency. It’s not that I’m such a great believer in corporate honesty, it’s more that I don’t believe in giving governments any more power than they already have.
So what do you think? Would a global ID be a deal with the Devil? Or could it be a way to rationalise our digital lives? [Discuss]
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