BlackBerry Messenger: The New Vehicle For Hoaxes?

January 12, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

McAffee posted an article about the new BlackBerry Messenger and the newest hoax being broadcasted across your buddy list. I don’t know about you, but I saw the one they’re referring to, though it was only once and I’m quick to correct misinformation, because it can be as harmful as the harm it pretends to warn against.

I remembered the email and it posted on other chat sites about being warned of a hacker who would format your hard drive and etc etc. I’m sure we’ll see others like the one that said if you had the virus to look for the file of the Teddy Bear and delete it, and there were others, they didn’t happen that long ago, the beauty of windows.

The article I’m referring to is on the McAffee Trusted Source site, and though it didn’t have the whole message, I knew exactly what it was. And by now there may be more. The picture I chose really has nothing to do with BlackBerry, it has everything to do with Spam/Hoaxes.

The best thing to do if you’re not sure whether or not it’s true is look up on Snopes. Snopes is a great place to look up these stories and messages. And more than likely half of them are impossible. As far as prevention, the best prevention is to only give your pin out to those you trust and only accept invites from those you know. If you should get a message, and you know it’s an “urban legend”, please let the person know so that you can help avoid misinformation. Next, don’t panic. Look it up if you’re unsure. But again, precaution as to who you have on your BBM list, be calm and don’t broadcast a message unless you’re sure it’s true and not spam or a hoax so you can help quarantine and contain the hoax because even though it’s a hoax, it still causes unnecessary fretting. It’s also spam. A rose by any other name is still a rose and it’s the same with spam. Even if it’s a hoax or joke, it’s still spam.

[via: McAffee Trusted Source]

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