Monday, 20 April 2009

Facebook Phishing/SPOOF site alert - FaceBook Staff sent you a message

I received an email allegedly from "facebook staff" today saying they had sent me a message - along with the usual login to view your message.

Without thinking twice i clicked the link which too me to a facebook login page. I then noticed it wasn't on the facebook URL so straight away realised it was a phishing site.

I am used to simply ignoring Bank scams but this is the first facebook scam email I've had so was a little off guard. Luckily i didnt enter my details as i spotted the url. I think the first thing that made me double check is my email wasn't in the login box.

So beware people!!!!!! I have forwarded the email to facebook abuse so they can take it up.

Here is the email so you can see how it goes:

FaceBook Staff sent you a message.

To reply to this message, follow the link below:

This message was intended for FaceBook Staff. Want to control which emails you receive from Facebook? Go to:
Facebook's offices are located at 156 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

How to add a Blogger Adsense Policy - Googles new Privacy Policy T&Cs

On April 8th 2009 if you are running Adsense on your blog (or any website come javascript:void(0)to that) you will need to have updated your Blogger Adsense Policy.

If you are running Adsense on your website and do not have a Privacy Policy you are contravening Googles Terms and Conditions and risk having your account terminated.

They are not hard to put together and i got mine from which is a great blog about adsense.

The easiest way would be to take my privacy policy from here and tailor it your site. Its a two minute job.

What a lot of people have trouble with is knowing how to add a privacy policy to a blogger blog. Blogger isnt like Wordpress where you can add pages so you have to be a little more clever.

Heres how to do it:

1. Open my adsense policy from here here.
2. Copy and paste it into notepad.
3. Search and replce my url and replace it with yours.
4. Create a new post on your blog and paste it in.
5. Go to the post options at the bottom of the post window.
6. Set the date and time to before your first post date - i went for 01/01/01 00:00.
7. Add a tag called Privacy Policy
8. Submit the post.
9. Go to the blog categories and select the Privacy policy category.
10. This will display the post.
11. Click on the header to open the single post up.
12. Copy the url.

Now we are going to create a new area on your blog.

1. Go to the customize page on your blog.
2. Add a new HTML block to the top right of your blog (or wherever you want to place it.
3. Give it the title Privacy Policy.
4. Add an anchor for the post by clicking on the link button.
5. Add the url to the popup (you may get a popup warning so enable popups and repeat)
6. Now edit the anchor ('A' html tag) to give it the title of your blogs privacy policy like this:

<a href="full url to post here">omensblog privacy policy</a>

(i have had to change the URL to get it to fit - you should insert your post url here)

Now save and view. Clicking on the privacy policy will now take you to your privacy policy post.

Easy peazy.

Not doing this isnt worth getting kicked off the adsense program - especially if you make some good money from it!