Facebook privacy bathroom settings joke reveals a serious security message

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

There’s a joke chain letter spreading between Facebook users right now.

Here’s what it says:

NEW PRIVACY ISSUE WITH FACEBOOK. As of tomorrow, Facebook will creep into your bathroom when you’re in the shower, smack your bottom, and then steal your clothes and towel. To change this option, go to Privacy Settings > Personal Settings > Bathroom Settings > Smacking and Stealing Settings, and uncheck the Shenanigans box. Facebook kept this one quiet. Copy and Paste on your status to alert the unaware.

It may not be rip-roaringly side-splittingly hilarious, but I guess it’s kind of amusing – and it mimics many of the genuine warnings that Facebook users have shared between themselves (and some hoaxes!) in the past.

But there’s a serious side to this chain letter.

Because ask yourself this – how was I able to get the above screenshot? None of my Facebook friends have posted the joke as a status message. I was able to visit a complete…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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