Category Archives: Privacy
I just got this very official-looking mail in my main address:
It reads like this:
Dear firstname.lastname@example.org, (19 – September – 2014)
This message is to therefore warn you that your iCloud and Apple Account (email@example.com) has been temporarily locked until we can validate your Apple Account details. This protective measure to secure your iCloud Account from unapproved usage. We apologise for any inconvenience you’ve been caused.
You will be unable to use iTunes or iCloud sync/backup or the iTunes/App Store & App Store until you verify your Apple Account ownership, we urge you to finish verification as soon as you can. Failure to validate your details within a 48 hours can cause termination of your Apple/iCloud ID to safeguard our system.
How to verify my Apple ID and restore access?
Just proceed to the link underneath to prove ownership of your Apple ID. Log-in in using your Appe/iCloud ID and password, then read the instructions.
> Certify My Apple Account
While using Apple devices and services, you’ll still sign in with your main email address as your Apple ID.
If you have questions and need help, visit the Apple Account Care site.
Apple Account Maintenance Team
Case Support ID: #Y10FHK10419-EU10
It sounds very scary and serious. Should I click the link and log in with my Apple ID and password?
This is just another phishing attempt. You are likely to receive a similar email. Do not, under any circumstances, click on the link and enter your details. I repeat: it’s just another phishing attempt.
Looking a bit closer we can see that the message’s reply-to header points to an address in the ioscareteam.co.uk domain. This domain doesn’t belong to Apple:
The link in the body of the message also points to the same domain. Just place the mouse pointer over the link (without clicking) and wait a couple seconds:
Clicking the link would take you to a very convincing fake Apple site that copies Apple’s real site. Looks like they even copied the country/language selection code.
However, this fake site will send your login details to the idiots who are trying to scam you:
Summary: if you get an email like the one I got, ignore it.
Remember this post from a few days ago? I got very upset because Facebook keeps messing with its users’ personal information. In this case, they replaced everybody’s email address with a @facebook.com address. That was too much for me and I decided to leave, after removing my personal information from there.
I must admit defeat. I’m sad to say this, but Facebook wins.
My intention was to go through my friends’ profiles, write down the contact information and other data I wanted to keep (mostly birthdays), and then leave.
However, I found that I couldn’t get any contact information for most of my friends, because almost nobody has changed back to their real email address. Nice lock-in there, Facebook.
Also, during these days I’ve kept receiving friend requests from people I know in real life, messages from my family (even though I told them to email me instead), event invitations, etc. I admit it: it’s difficult to leave Facebook. So that’s it, I admit that I suck
As a damage control measure, I’m removing as much personal information from there as I can, but I’ll stay.
Sorry, Facebook. This time you’ve crossed the line.
I read just a few moments ago in Slashdot that Facebook has replaced its users’ default email address with a facebook.com email address. I wasn’t very happy at all with Facebook before, and this, if true, would be the last straw, so I had to go and confirm it.
And yes, it is true. My profile now shows a @facebook.com email address (that I’ve never used and don’t intend to) instead of my real email address.
This is already too much. I’ve already deleted all my photo albums from my Facebook account, and over the next few days I’ll complete the process of removing as much content as possible and disabling the account. I have to write down the email address of people I want to keep in touch with, untag myself from my friends’ photos, and post a notice in my profile saying that I’m not there anymore.
I will still log in to Facebook during the next few days in order to remove all content from there, but from now on, if you want to get in touch with me, feel free to send me an email directly to my real email address: firstname.lastname@example.org