New scam by sharing posts on Facebook / Πώς να αντιμετωπίσετε τη νέα απάτη στο Facebook


[Ακολουθεί και στην ελληνική γλώσσα]

In case you are the owner/manager of a Facebook page, you may already had a notification about one of your posts being shared by another page, which asks from you to confirm your account or get blocked!

This page claims to be “The Facebook Team” and asks you to visit a web-page in order to confirm your account.

DON’T click this URL!

Instead, report this page to Facebook 😉

  1. Visit the profile of this page by clicking on the name
  2. Click on the ellipsis button (the three dots) and select “Report page”
  3. Select “It’s harassing me or someone I know” (see side picture)
  4. When you are on the “What You Can Do” box, click all “Submit to Facebook for Review“, “Block [Page name]“, “Hide all From [Page name]” options.

Today (Thu 9 Mar 2017), I had two notifications for two of the pages I own/manage, so I thought it would be useful to inform any other owners/managers who may be notified also.  🍀


Πώς να αντιμετωπίσετε τη νέα απάτη στο Facebook

Αν διαχειρίζεστε κάποια σελίδα στο Facebook, σήμερα μπορεί να σας ήρθε κάποια ειδοποίηση ότι κάποια σελίδα κοινοποίησε κάποια δημοσίευση της σελίδας σας με το μήνυμα ότι πρέπει να επιβεβαιώσετε το λογαριασμό σας, αλλιώς κινδυνεύετε με μπλοκάρισμα! (Δείτε την πρώτη εικόνα στην αρχή του άρθρου)

Επειδή αυτές οι σελίδες το πιο πιθανό είναι να θέλουν να κλέψουν κωδικούς (λυπάμαι αλλά δεν επισκέφτηκα το σύνδεσμο που λέει να πατήσω), ΜΗΝ ΠΑΤΗΣΕΤΕ στο σύνδεσμο που σας εμφανίζει.

Αντίθετα, κάνετε τα εξής:

  1. Πατήστε πρώτα επάνω στο όνομα της σελίδας που κοινοποίησε τη δημοσίευσή σας.
  2. Πατήστε στο κουμπί με τα αποσιωπητικά (τις τρεις τελείες) και επιλέξτε «Αναφορά σελίδας»
  3. Στο παραθυράκι που θα εμφανιστεί επιλέξτε «Παρενοχλεί εμένα ή κάποιον που γνωρίζω»
  4. Στο νέο παραθυράκι με τίτλο «Τι μπορείτε να κάνετε» πατήστε με τη σειρά και στις 3 πρώτες επιλογές, ώστε (α) να υποβάλλετε στο Facebook τη σελίδα για εξέταση (ώστε να επιληφθούν της υπόθεσης), (β) να μπλοκάρετε τη σελίδα και (γ) να μη βλέπετε τυχόν άλλες δημοσιεύσεις της.


Σήμερα (Πέμπτη) είχα δύο παρόμοια περιστατικά σε δύο από τις σελίδες που διαχειρίζομαι (από δύο διαφορετικές σελίδες με πολύ γενικές επωνυμίες — φαίνονται στις εικόνες) κι έτσι θεώρησα καλό να καταγράψω τον τρόπο αντιμετώπισης. 🍀

How to hide “Mark all as read” in new Google Reader

With the new redesign of Google Reader (the Google+ look-alike), I’ve noticed a new annoying behavior today.
The “Mark all as read” in now a button that takes and keeps focus. This means that if you press it once with your mouse and, then, go to another group of posts and press space to view the next page, you ‘ll end to mark all posts in that group as read!!! [because the “Mark all as read” button has got the focus]
The easier work-around solution I’ve found is to hide that button and use Ctrl-A Shift-A [edited] whenever I want to use the [main] functionality. I know that by hiding all options I miss the option to mark all older than a date as read, but I can live with this instead of marking as read all posts by mistake.

Since I work with Firefox and use Stylish Stylus, this hiding is easy. Just add a new recipe, name it something like “hide mark all in GReader” and insert the following in it:

@-moz-document url-prefix(, url-prefix(, url-prefix(, url-prefix( {
span#mark-all-as-read-split-button { display: none !important; }

and enable the Stylish Stylus recipe when you want to feel safe.

How to hide the new Facebook news feed

In case you are using Firefox and you want to hide the new Facebook right-column news feed, here is a quick hack.

  • At first, you need to install Stylish Stylus, if you don’t have it already.
  • Add a new blank style with the following lines in it and give it whatever name you want.
  • Energize! 😉

The code:

@namespace url(;

@-moz-document domain(“”) {
.fbFeedTickerStory { display: none !important; }

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How to forward a Google+ post to your email inbox

While we ‘re still waiting for the full Google+ API to be available in public, I recently asked in twitter for “an easy way to save GooglePlus posts for later reading or archiving” and this is the solution I found since then:

  • Go to Google+ and create a new circle.
  • Add in this circle one of your email addresses, that has NOT a Google+ account; just the email. In case you don’t have a second email address, either create one or use the plus-enhanced mode of the one you already have (if your provider accepts this mode), i.e. something like username+gplus@email.provider.tld (given that your email is username@email.provider.tld, you should add “+gplus” (or something similar) just before the “@” sign — replace “username”, “email.provider.tld” as appropriate).
  • From now on, when you find something interesting, you have to share it with this new circle and, since the one member of the circle has no Google+ profile, the interesting post will land into your email box.

Update [2011/09/21]: this technique comes handy also when you want a copy of your posts into your email box. You just have to include the “me” circle as a recipient of your posts, along with the other circles or people.

With this trick you don’t need an RSS feed for your posts [although I think that Google must implement this as a feature, IMHO]

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    How to share an article from Google Reader to Google+

    Just a quick tip for every Google Reader user who needs to share an interesting article with one or more of her Google+ Circles.

    Given that we have the Google+ share box on the top-right corner of GReader, the simplest way I’ve found is:

    1. grab the URL of the article, by right-clicking on its title and select “Copy link location”
    2. click at the “Share” box (at the top-right corner of the window)
    3. click at the chain icon (“Add link”) and paste the copied URL there; press the “Add” button
    4. select the people or circles you want to share it with
    5. if you want, you can comment on the text-box above the link
    6. click at the “Share” button

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    Twit from PHP with cURL

    There are cases you need to update a special Twitter feed to inform your visitors about something that has happened to your site. Then, this PHP function might be very useful if you add it in your functions arsenal:

    /* inform twitter about something */
    function twit( $msg = "")
     $username = "twitter-username";
     $password = "twitter-password";
     $ch = curl_init();
     curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_URL, "");
     curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, TRUE); // change to FALSE for not reporting XML output
     curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
     curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, "status=" . urlencode( $msg));
     curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_USERPWD, "$username:$password");
     $response = curl_exec( $ch);
     curl_close( $ch);
     return $response;

    As you can see, it only takes a string argument; the message you want to send. It returns also a string, which is either a true/false value or an XML-formatted response, depending on the value of CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER.

    In order to use this function, you need to have installed the cURL extension of PHP. You can check if it’s installed quickly with the following command:

    $ php -i | grep -i curl

    If cURL is installed, you can expect an output like this:

    additional .ini files parsed => /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/curl.ini,
    cURL support => enabled
    cURL Information => libcurl/7.16.4 OpenSSL/0.9.8e zlib/ libidn/1.0

    If not, the package you need to install is php5-curl.

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