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Hey Facebook Here’s How To End Chat Jacking & Curb Like Jacking

As you all know Chat Jacking & Like Jacking is all the craze by the hackers, scammers & rogue applications. They can contain malware, viruses, and an assortment of things. They can just take over your account causing havoc and mayhem for not only you but all your friends.

But the big question on everyone’s mind is how can they be stopped & what is Facebook doing to help stop it. Well it turns out they can be stopped pretty easily.

First thing is everyone needs to do is read things more carefully before they click on something. If some thing looks to good to be true it usually is. Don’t click on all these stupid links like these,  find out who viewed your profile, get 1000 Facebook credits for free, hey check out this video, win a free iPad today and the list goes on and on.

Yes some of them look real interesting and that is how they get people to click them. They appeal to the natural curiosity of us humans. And guess what they are doing a good job. I am sorry to say PT Barnum was right when he said, “A sucker is born every minute”.

If you all just stop clicking on this stuff you will not have any issues but Facebook needs to do more and unfortunately they don’t do enough.

Facebook really needs to crack down on these people and institute stronger safe guards to protect their users. But they don’t have them in place and the ones they do have don’t work  and you would think they would already have them in place by now.

According to Sophos  Naked Security, Facebook implemented some new security features to help curb the like jackings but that is really not enough in my book and from what Sophos says in the column those feature are really not doing much either.

Well Facebook here is my idea on how to stop the like jacking. First when a new page is set up do not allow it to be published right away, make the page owners wait 24 hours. This way that page can go into a queue where it can be checked out by your team and automated system. If you automated system detects something a human checks it out and makes sure it is safe. Yes this will make people mad but it will also help keep things in check.

You also make all i Frame changes to the page go through an approval process whereas the system checks the links and content to make sure it meet your terms and service. Being how you are supposed to have a crack staff there this shouldn’t be a big issue and the bottom line it will keep your users safe and they are the ones who help support your advertisers and your site.

Real simple huh? I think so and I think as long as you do a proper education program to all the users explaining why this is being don’t the backlash will be kept to a minimum. And I will get to that later.

Now on to Chat jacking, well this is a very easy thing to stop. We we all know your advertising guidelines are real strict and you require them to provide alot of information before they get put on your approved list of advertisers.

Click here to read them and you can see for yourself.

But any Tom, Dick or Harry can make an application and put it on your site without having to go through what your advertisers do. if the readers dont believe me check this out, Apps on Facebook.com & all you do is make them follow your standard terms of service.

I would think you would want them to go through the same process your advertisers have to so you could prevent rogue applications from exploiting your VALUED users and even causing havoc across your site.

And again you also need to instill a 24 hour waiting period so the applications can be checked for potential security issue and any changes to the application must go through a waiting period too.

I can almost guarantee that if these changes where implemented you would have a much more secure site. And the users and advertisers would be much happier.

Now let get to educating your users. You have a multitude of great pages that, in my opinion, probably 90% of your users don’t even know exist unless we tell them about them. Maybe it is time you took the bull by the horns and did it yourself for a change.

Try making the main ones like Facebook Security, Facebook Safety, Known Issues , just to name a couple pages, every user is a member of and give them the option to OPT OUT of being a member. This way they can be kept up to date on things and i can tell you this is one OPT OUT that I dont think anyone would really complain about.

These are real simple things that you can do to eliminate these issues and help keep your users up to date on things.

To my readers what are your thoughts on this we want to know.

Also here are some page that also help keep you up to date on the scams going around Facebook and I suggest you check them out.

AllFacebookFacecrooksScam Sniper


March 30, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

Joke Of The Day / For The Guys

Signs That You are Too Drunk

You lose arguments with inanimate objects.

You have to hold onto the lawn to keep from falling off the earth.

Your job is interfering with your drinking.

Your doctor finds traces of blood in your alchohol stream.

Your career won’t progress beyond Senator from Massachusetts.

The back of your head keeps getting hit by the toilet seat.

You sincerely believe alchohol is the elusive 5th food group.

24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case – coincidence? I think not!

Two hands and just one mouth.. – now THAT’S a drinking problem!

You can focus better with one eye closed.

The parking lot seems to have moved while you were in the bar.

You fall off the floor..

Your twin sons are named Barley and Hops.

Hey, 5 beers has just as many calories as a burger, screw dinner!

Mosquitoes catch a buzz after attacking you.

At AA meetings you begin: ‘Hi my name is.. uh..’

Your idea of cutting back is less salt.

You wake up in the bedroom, your underwear is in the bathroom, you fell asleep clothed.

The whole bar says ‘Hi’ when you come in..

You think the Four Basic Food Groups are Caffeine, Nicotine, Alchohol, and Women.

Every night you’re beginning to find your roommate’s cat more and more attractive.

Roseanne looks good.

Don’t recognize wife unless seen through bottom of glass.

That damned pink elephant followed me home again.

I’m as sober as a judge.

The shrubbery’s drunk from too frequent watering.

You wake up screaming ‘TORO TORO TORO!’ in the middle of the night.

March 30, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

Joke Of The Day / For The Ladies







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Merger Of The Original Families

Two of the original Mafia Wars Families have come together to form a super family. I want to send out my deepest congratulations to both families who have a storied history on Facebook & in Mafia Wars.

Here is the official statement issued by both families on the Super Merger.

The families ☀OG³☀ and [MIG] have merged to form [MIG|OG] as of midnight CST (GMT-5).

The Officers of ☀OG³☀ approached those of [MIG] to discuss a merger several days ago. The Officers of both families have worked many hours to review the possibilities of a merger and the implications that follow.

The new family [MIG|OG] brings two families steeped in history and traditions together. ☀OG³☀ was the very first family formed in Mafia Wars in Sept of 2008. [MIG] has been a leader in the Mafia Wars community founding The Mafia Wars Commission and advancing the fighting technology for all families.

I am glad to be the one to introduce this new family [MIG|OG] to the community.

Regards and Respect,

Christopher Chester

[MIG|OG] Chainsaw Chester

Godfather….forever a [MIG]

Leslie Mondrick

[MIG|OG] ☀WhiteEaglesHarley

….forever an OG

A great accomplishment merging two of the oldest clans in mafia wars!

March 30, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

Mafia Wars April Awesomeness Contest

Ok Everyone the forum moderator Rinzler doesn’t  want March Madness to be over so they came up with there own version for Mafia Wars. I know I know !!! But they did it anyway.

Just fill out the survey on the forum or to make it easy you can click HERE and then pick your brackets of what you want to win.  The contest runs all month long.  And winners have a chance to win some loot from Mafia Wars. I am not sure but I think you will have to go to the forums to fill this out every week til the Final 4.

Someone even went to the trouble of making a bracket like the NCAA’s March Madness so if you want it here it is LOL.

March 29, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

Another Mission / No Really!!! / Take Back The Street Mission

Ok here we go another mission and this one is one of the timed missions, Take Back The Street. As if we don’t have enough going on in the game right now.

Don’t get me wrong I am not saying I dont like these missions and events I just wish they would space them out better so we can play the friggin’ game. All these things are just coming way to fast.  I wish they would slow down.

Anyway there is no 411 on this yet but here is a picture of the first mission.

March 29, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

Just For Fun: Mafia Wars Church for Confessions

Alot of people are so busy these days playing Mafia Wars that alot of you dont have time to go to church and confess your sins. Well we have made it easy for you now so you never have to leave your desk. Here is the church just for Mafia Wars players, Mafia Wars Church for Confessions.

This group is for all the Mafia Wars Players to come and confess and their Mafia Wars Misdoings. Be it you robbed too many people, you iced someone over & over, you declared war on someone while they were offline. Whatever you need forgiveness for Father Corleone is there for you just post you sins on the wall and he will forgive you so you can go back and whack people with a clean conscious.

To visit the Mafia Wars Church for Confessions just click HERE and let the forgiveness begin.

*** The Mafia Wars 10 Commandments ***

1. Thou shalt have no other Godfather’s before me.

2. Thou shalt not make any graven images of their Godfather.

3. Thou shalt not take thy Godfather’s name in vain.

4. Remember the sabbath day and keep on icing. robbing & killing but come to thy church and confess thy sins that night and all will be forgiven.

5. Honor thy Godfather & Godmother.

6. Thou Shall Kill.

7. Thou can commit adultery but dont get caught.

8. Thou shall steal.

9. Thou shall not be a witness at any time or you will be whacked.

10. Thou shall covet thy neighbors goods & wife and steal them.

March 29, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | 1 Comment

Brazil Mission Have Disappeared!!!

Well by now alot of you have seen all the issues with the NEW Brazil Missions. The disappear, they reappear, cant fight the Boss you name it it has occurred. The customer service department is aware of this and they have put out the following message below. This is effecting most of us.

REMEMBER there is no time limit on these missions so you have plenty of time to do these and the good thing is it gives the engineers time to fix this issue.

Brazil Mission Have Disappeared!!!

Updated 03/29/2011 at 02:02

Incoming reports have indicated Mafia Wars players have never been introduced to Brazil Missions or appear to be stuck between two missions or completing various tasks. The Mafia Wars development team is actively researching this problem and will implement corrections as problems are discovered. To ensure all mission problems are addressed, Brazil Boss Missions have no associated expiration date so each incoming incident can be addressed

It is important for each incoming report of Brazil Missions that are missing or stuck to be properly recorded.  Please select the ‘Vote to Fix’ so these occurrences can be appropriately prioritized and corrected in a timely manner. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Don’t really want to file a ticket but want this fixed? Click to let our engineers know.

Fix this now!

March 29, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | 1 Comment

*** THE SHOW IS UP *** MW Players Sound Off On Game

***The Show Is Up*** On this weeks show we let the listeners take over. We let them tell the world what they think of Mafia Wars and FB & what they would like to see done to fix it. Plus we gave our thoughts on bullies and question why Zynga doesn’t do more to protect players. We also have Jeremy from The Mafia Wars Wiki who joined us today.


Next week we will do a Part 2 of letting the players sound off due to popular demand.

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March 29, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

On Mondays Show: The Mafia Wars Players Get To Sound Off !!!

On Monday’s Show at 6PM EST The Facebook & Zynga Podcast is letting the listeners take over. We want you to call in (347) 327-9074 or you can use Skype connect and tell the world what you think of Mafia Wars And Facebook & what you would like to see done to fix it. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD !!! This is you chance to sound off and let everyone know what the players want done.This is the chance you have all been waiting for!!! Plus we will give you the latest news on both Facebook & Mafia Wars http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thefacebookzyngapodcast/2011/03/28/the-facebook-zynga-podcast

Oh Yeah remember to keep it clean and also the show is only an hour long.

If you cant make it on Monday feel free to post what you want to see on our fan page wall.

March 27, 2011 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment