You may have received a message from a Facebook friend warning you about a friend request that allows a hacker to access your account. Several names (usually Jayden K. Smith) have been attached to the warning, and has caused many to warn their friends. Many wonder if the warning is real or just another internet hoax. After some digging, we found an answer.
While most warnings say the hacker is Jayden K. Smith, other names used include Anwar Jitou, Anwar Jitu, Maggie from Sweden, Tanner Dwyer, Christopher Butterfield, Stefaniz Colac, Alejando Spiljner, Bobby Roberts, Jason Allen, Linda Smith, and many others.
Here is the message that is usually circulating:
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.
Here’s the problem with the warning: IT’S NOT TRUE. AT ALL.
Accepting a hacker as a Facebook friend will not make you any more vulnerable than you are already.
Like many that have come before (and many that will inevitably come again), the “Jayden K. Smith is a hacker” note circulating on Facebook is a bunch of bunkum.
Unless your settings are on super lockdown, a person doesn’t need to be your social media connection to see your list of friends (that said, you know you can alter your settings to control what friends, if any, others do see). Jayden K. Smith is not going to hack your computer, your phone or your life. He (she?) will not come for your first born.
Because there is no Jayden K. Smith.
I mean, maybe there is, but he (I’m going with Jayden being male) is no different than the dozens of other ridiculous friend requests you get from people you don’t know — people typically based in the middle east and/or supposedly divorced or widowed and currently in the U.S. military.
You accept them, they try to get you to buy some island from their dying father, you mess with them a bit and then their account gets shut down by Facebook. It’s really as basic (and harmless) as that.
The only way to protect your account — or at least attempt to — from hackers is to have a strong password, not leave your account logged on when you leave a shared computer and to be vigilant. Oh, and use some common sense.
Let’s remember, Facebook limits the number of friends you can have to 5,000. So, unless Sir Faux Jayden is creating a plethora of accounts — with the same name — he can only friend 5,000 people. And let’s say those 5,000 people have 5,000 connections (they don’t, since the average user has about 115, but this whole thing is so ludicrous we might as well make it even more outlandish) then he can reach them, but the buck stops there since the message says he can access your friends — not your friends of friends or friends of friends of friends or … oy. You get it.
Please pass this along to your Facebook friends. Consider it a warning about a warning.