We all have those friends on Facebook that will believe anything. They share every article from satirical, false, news organizations (No, I am not talking about CNN or The Washington Post). They forward every single message that pertains to your account security. The past couple of days, this particular group of individuals has been out in full force thanks to “Jayden K. Smith”.
If you are like me you may have received a message like this:
Please tell all the contacts in your messenger list not to accept Jayden K. Smith friendship request. He is a hacker and has the system connected to your Facebook account. If one of your contacts accepts it, you will also be hacked, so make sure that all your friends know it. Thanks.
There are so many things wrong with this message aside from the abundant grammatical errors, so let’s break it down from the beginning.
1. Who is Jayden K. Smith?
I don’t know who “Jayden K Smith” is on Facebook but he’s sent every middle-aged friend I have into social overdrive
— Seán Maher (@irishkangaroo) July 10, 2017
Jayden K. Smith is a fictional being. Now, I’m not talking about Jaden Smith the abnormally weird eldest child of rapper and actor Will Smith. That kid couldn’t hack his way out of a paper bag with a machete. This message has been circulating on and off for a while, every time with a different name.
2. Facebook doesn’t have a “System”
If one more person sends me something via Messenger about Jayden K Smith… pic.twitter.com/C3V5WO6Xfn
— Amy (@Amy_Odland) July 9, 2017
Facebook has a (very secure) database, but not a system. No website has a system. The database Facebook uses has an encryption protocol that difficult AF to get into your account. They need to since we place so much of our personal data on the social networking platform. If someone is trying to brute force their way into your account, assuming you are only using the minimum password requirements, it would take decades to crack a password.
3. Someone Else’s Friend Can’t Hack Your Account
Everybody on Facebook: calm down. The “Jayden K. Smith” hacker warning is a HOAX just like Donald Trump. Your Facebook’s OK. America’s NOT.
— PROUD RESISTER 👊 (@ProudResister) July 10, 2017
Just because your friend accepts a request doesn’t mean that the requester now has access to your information. Sure Facebook allows friends of friends to see a little more information than random strangers, but what is able to be seen on your account is, and has always been, controlled by YOU!
4. Your Friends Don’t Need To Know About Jayden K. Smith
So many people sending me Jayden K Smith messages. pic.twitter.com/EIV2o0LtNO
— Richard Hills (@richardhills777) July 10, 2017
If someone tells you to send a message to everyone on your friends list, guess what… It’s most likely SPAM! You don’t have to forward every.single.thing you are told to forward. Rest assured, if there is a hacker on the loose, Facebook will deal with it.
With all this being said, double check your sources. News sources, not to mention your friends list, aren’t the most trust worthy sources in this day and age. If all else fails, Snopes.com should be your first go to source for anything that seems the least bit fishy.