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Facebook. Is it secure?

By Peconet Tietokoneet ·
To many this is a quick link to friends around the world, but are you at risk because of the lack of security that this site has NOT got built in.

Everyone goes on about spam emails, but we can block these out with some software or know-how. But it seems that on facebook your are putting your life in danger and not only that you are putting your kids in danger too (if you have any).
Some people on here are going to say "rubbish, you do not know what you are talking about". So to prove my point, here is a snippet from a newspaper

"Facebook Security. It has none".

The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, doesn't care about our privacy.
A Facebook employee interviewed by The New York Times last week, when asked how his boss feels about privacy, responded: "He doesn't believe in it."
Zuckerberg believes privacy is no longer a social norm.
"People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people," he said. "That social norm is just something that has evolved over time."
But have we gone too far?

Not only is it incredibly egomaniacal to post photos into the ether of yourself skiing with friends (unless you are 12, in which case it becomes an ever murkier arena), it can also be dangerous.

I suppose that what I do as a columnist is to put my life on a page, but I still get a bit affronted when people I've never met profess to know me. I was recently the object of a stalker?s rather warped "admiration".

He would send me cards and flowers and letters too long to read. He knew my address, which puzzled me rather. He said we had known each other in a previous life, and that he was my "soulmate".

And then, on a Sunday morning, this man turned up at my house. I would have been less annoyed if I'd not been wearing pyjamas. He pushed his way into my kitchen; I called a friend, who rushed round. "Please leave!" she said, and then he got a bit nasty.
Finally, my stalker got into his car and left.

I know i will never join or go on this site.

If anyone thinks i have made this up. then please read more here.

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Concerned about Facebook posts

by jfuller05 In reply to Facebook. Is it secure?

This is true of Facebook posts.
Example: 15 year old girl, "OMG, I'm home alone and sooo bored." Her profile is not private and her address is viewable.

Hmmmm...not something I would want to post. This is a friend of my wife on Facebook; my wife was telling me about it.

That's not something I would want to post. My wife also told me it's not just young people that post things like that. Do FB people not realize what they are posting? I'm wondering...

edit: typo

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People should be concerned about their Facebook posts...

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Concerned about Facebook ...

Facebook should have some sort of security about data relating to your person (name, address, location, age). People should have an anonymous name(s) when signing in. Facebook should lock everything else out, until you get to know the person, but even then you still need to be careful. It surprises me when i look at some of the other websites and (some) people have put everything about themselves on there, it should not be allowed to happen. But then some people do need a bit of guidance sometimes.

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Glad you're OK

by GSG In reply to Facebook. Is it secure?

Your stalker is lucky that he picked you to stalk. Around here we have the right to carry (with a license) and can use deadly force to protect ourselves. We also have the "Castle" law. At it's most basic level, that means that if this guy had done that to me, I'd could use whatever means necessary to kill him, and I wouldn't be prosecuted.

When I do my training of our end users, I add a section on social media, and emphasize that there is no such thing as privacy on Facebook, Myspace, etc...

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Hello GSG. At least you are giving some assistance..

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Glad you're OK

And thought to your end users on the subject about Facebook etc. Some people have no idea about what is out there until it hits them face on.

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by GSG In reply to Hello GSG. At least you a ...

My brother and his wife had no idea that their then 15 year old was on facebook until I asked him about it. I originally got my FB account so that I could monitor what he puts out there. For the most part, he's been pretty good about it, but I found something this weekend that I'm going to have to call him on.

He's a good kid, but what he put out there is just too trusting, and doesn't need to be there.

I did a flow chart for my users about how what they put on FB is not private and how with just 3 or 4 posts something they put out there that they think only 20 people will see are viewable by about 400 people. There are some sick looks at the end of that flowchart.

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You mean

by santeewelding In reply to Kids

Soiling themselves?

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by GSG In reply to You mean

I really think there have been some undershorts that needed to be changed after that flowchart.

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Sorry, PT

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Facebook. Is it secure?

I don't feel as strongly as Ron seems to, but I don't have any expectation of privacy from any web site that offers its services for free. If they're making their money from advertising, it's implicit that they'll allow those advertisers access to the customers' data.

A lack of security regarding external threats is another matter, but users are still getting what they paid for: nothing.

A site's privacy positions are usually outlined in the TOS. If you don't agree with them, don't use the site; I don't. Neither of us can do anything about those who choose to use a site without considering the privacy implications, any more than we can stop drunk drivers or 'hurricane parties'.

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Something worse

by jfuller05 In reply to Facebook. Is it secure?

I've read, and heard, that it's a difficult task to get rid of your FB user account.

<i>Ever tried to leave Facebook and found out they only allow you to "deactivate" your account? All your personal data, including photos, interests, friends etc will still be saved indefinitely! You don't have to be a conspiracist to find this quite fishy (or simply annoying)!

Maybe you see no reason to leave Facebook yet?
In any case, information about how to close an account should be easily available to all members. Join this group to keep the information handy the day you appreciate your privacy more than updating long lost "friends" of your life.</i>

How come it can't be a simple click? :)

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It seems easy to set up an account...

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Something worse

But when you try and leave you can't.
Some things need to change in Facebook that is for sure. And i hear that they want to be bigger than Google!! I hope not. :)

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