Goodbye Facebook, Again?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on April 27, 2013 in Internet |

Waking up to texts and mails in the morning is a good thing. Waking up to a mail from Facebook is, as you can guess, quite the opposite.

Dear Viktoria,

Your Facebook account was recently logged into from a computer, mobile device or other location you’ve never used before. For your protection, we’ve temporarily locked your account until you can review this activity and make sure no one is using your account without your permission.

Did you log into Facebook from a new device or an unusual location?

– If this was not you, please log into Facebook from your computer and follow the instructions provided to help you control your account information.

– If this was you, there’s no need to worry. Simply log into Facebook again to get back into your account.

I love that last line. I love it because simply logging in to Facebook from the computer that I always, always use doesn’t work when Facebook tells me that the device isn’t recognized.

So I have to go through their security procedure which should be simple. Fill out a Captcha and on to the next screen where I have to identify friends who have been tagged in photographs or something similar. Simple, you might think, but:

Viktoria Michaelis: Facebook Security Fail

But for the fact that, as you can see, right from the very first attempt I have used up all of my attempts. There is an hourly limit? And I’ve exceeded it on my very first (failed) attempt?

So, the chances are that someone has attempted to hack my account or that one of the apps used to allow comments on other sites has played a bad thing with me. Which, since I cannot get through the second screen of the security check, probably means I can kiss this (second) Facebook profile, with all the links, the friends and subscribers, the history, goodbye.

Of course, I could reply to the mail they sent me, but that isn’t something Facebook wants. The automatic reply is to ‘noreply’. I have, of course, pasted the sender address in to see if that works, but I don’t really have that much hope of it getting anywhere.

Which probably means Goodbye Facebook because I am not going to create another account: that, for me, is just too stupid.

Now, I appreciate that Facebook, as with many other sites, need their security as much as anyone in the real world, but that being the case, it would be a good thing if the security procedure actually worked.

[Almost Immediate Edit] All is not lost. The hourly limit lasted ten minutes! What fascinates me about the ‘identify friends from photographs’ thing is that many of the photographs I’ve either never seen before, or they don’t actually contain an image of the friend… Still, using all of my jokers (you can skip three times when you don’t know) I still managed to get through and my Facebook page is there for me again.

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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