If you’ve been getting messages on Facebook warning you not to add someone named Jayden K. Smith, you can rest easy. It’s just a new version of an old hoax making the rounds.
Facebook users are finding messages in their inbox and seeing status updates that read something like: “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.”
The hoax tries to convince users that not only can “Jayden” hack their account if they become friends, but he can hack their account if they have any mutual friends too.
As Snopes reports, none of this is true. In fact, these warnings have been circulating for years, and the names are often replaced with a new one to help the hoax gain traction again.
Another version of the message reads: “ALERT!!!!! ALERT!!!!! Don’t accept a friend request from … He is a HACKER.Tell everyone on your list cause if someone on your list adds him then he will be on yours too. He will figure out your computer ID and address, so send this to everyone on your list even if you don’t care for them cause if he hacks them, he hacks YOU too. He is also noted for repeated sexual harassment and indecent private chatting.”
No one can automatically hack your Facebook just because you add them as a friend, and they especially can’t if they’re a mutual friend.
Some people are getting really annoyed by all the messages they’re getting about Jayden K. Smith:
And you’ve got to feel bad for anyone who really is named Jayden K. Smith right now:
However, there is one takeaway from these warnings. It’s good to be cautious about who you add on Facebook, and to compartmentalize your posts in different privacy settings. If your password is easy to guess, someone might be able to figure it out, along with security questions, based on information they find on your Facebook profile. So be cautious about what you share with people you don’t know, and set up a password that is really hard to hack and not related to anything you might post about.