Jack be nimble, Jack be quick

Recent changes in Facebook Privacy settings raise hopes of


Facebook is taking a small, but firm step toward improving users’ controlover what happens in their account (no more fooling around with tags, apparently!) and it draws our attention to the fact that “everyone” means “EVERYONE.” As in the whole world. As in PUBLIC, OH so PUBLIC, mind you!. Though some people say it’s too little, a bit too late, I say it’s SOMETHING, at least as far as tagjacking is concerned.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane (I know, we’re not THAT old, but we’ve got some fond memoriesof dear old Tagjack). To those of you who joined the show later (let’s call it “The Online Social Whodunnit Show” aka the OSWS), tagjacking happens when someone clicks to view an enticing/ scandalous photo, followed by the photo automatically showing up in the victim’s gallery and all of the victim’s friends being tagged in it.

Curious to see what the tag is all about, the respective friends would click, in their turn, and end up installing a fake app or subscribing to a web page that might later on be used to spread malicious content.


What earned Tagjack a nice spot in the history of Facebook scams is its capacity to draw large crowds. Remember the friends of friends scheme?

[flashback begins]

FRIEND A (clicked the link) -> FRIEND B* (gets a post on the wall about being tagged, may or may not click the link) -> FRIEND C* (sees the post about B being tagged and has access to the bad link, even if B does not click it)

*B is A’s friend and C is B’s friend

[flashback ends]

Now, given that Facebook kindly asks you to approve tags before they show up on your profile,  the audience of tagjacking schemes might drastically drop (your friends’ friends will see the photo only after the respective friend has approved it).

And here’s where the choir goes singing: “Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee like big but(t)s and we cannot lie…”. What’s this big non-bodily BUT that may spoil the fun for us? The fact that in order to be blessed with this form of archaic anti-Tagjacking weapon, users must adjust the …..yes, you’re right … PRIVACY SETTINGS (not shouting here, just making sure we aaaaaaaaaaaall get it). 

What exactly are you supposed to do? Turn on Tag Review by going to Account -> Privacy Settings -> How Tags work -> Tag Review.

In this way, you’ll make sure you are notified whenever you are tagged in a photo and, hopefully, prevent tagjacking attempts.

Stay safe and click wisely!

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About the author

Ioana Jelea

Ioana Jelea has a disturbing (according to friendly reports) penchant for the dirty tricks of online socialization and for the pathologically mesmerizing news trivia. From gory, though sometimes fake, death reports to nip slips and other such blush-inducing accidents, her repertoire is an ever-expanding manifesto against any Victorian-like frame of thought that puts a strain on online creativity. She would like to keep things simple, but she never does.