Make us your home page

Gadgets & Gizmos

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

False alarm on the Facebook email, but still a good lesson



So as it turns out, my warning this morning about the Facebook email was a false alarm. Due to the diligence of some Gadget Guy readers who received the same email, we discovered that the email settings described in the email from Facebook can be viewed in your Notifications settings within your Facebook account. Late last night (well, early this morning) when I checked these settings on my account they were not changed. Checking just now, they are. Facebook is really large, so it often takes awhile for all users to receive new features when they push them out.


Clicking on the link in the email does in fact take me to the Notifications settings for my account, if I'm already logged in, and to the login screen if I'm not.

I'm glad the email was a legitimate one and even though it was a false alarm, the message is still valid. Be careful. Ask questions. Trust no one. And before you click on anything, slow down and make sure you know what it is. Thanks to Gadget Guy readers Michelle Taunton and Brandon McWilliams for their help with the investigation on this.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:33am]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours