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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.
http://preview.tinyurl.com/32easqd

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Common Sense

by TheProfessorDan In reply to Facebook. Is it secure?

I've been a facebook user for a few years and I have had no issues. I treat Facebook like I treat email or the internet. I don't click on links that I don't know where they lead and I don't respond or open emails that seems suspicious. I have heard all of the horror stories about people getting their accounts hacked or getting robbed because they posted that they were out of town and they listed their address. People get their cars stolen when they leave it unlocked with the keys in the car but we don't stop driving cars.

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I agree to Common Sense

by Donmecca In reply to Common Sense

Here is my two cents... Most people are not IT professionals however most people do either have an individual in their family or know someone who is. It is up to the individual to use common sense. Protect your computer system with virus protection and most important, a firewall. In my opinion, every home computer should have not only virus and spyware protection but also a firewall to keep hackers and whatever else out. We project our house with burgular alarms, cars with insurance, and computer systems with virus/spyware/firewalls. Just plain common sense...

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After reading these posts

by Kenone In reply to Facebook. Is it secure?

I'm pretty confused. So I'll just say this;
Is Facebook secure?
No, no it isn't. It's not any more secure than any other public website.
Are people crazy? Yes, yes they are.

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Re: after reading these posts

by Donmecca In reply to After reading these posts

I think what the users are saying here is, it is so easy to implement security for a website and there is a ton of free stuff out there too. If the creators of Facebook truly cared about the users, privacy would be their top priority. There have been already deaths like to social websites in the past couple of years (i.e. Facespace, Craig's pad). So privacy and security should be on the top of the websites list always.

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Money talks

by TheProfessorDan In reply to Re: after reading these p ...

I have heard the comments that Facebook doesn't care about security. They don't care because it isn't costing them customers. If FB was forced to change their security or lose money, they would. I recall a story years ago about McDonalds reporting loses for the first time in their history. What happened? McDonalds changed. Like I said, money talks.

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Facebook isn't secure

by AV . In reply to Facebook. Is it secure?

I've never felt comfortable about putting my life on Facebook. Some of my friends and family do, so I just have a profile with a nickname and no picture. Anyone that matters knows who I am and I accept no friends I don't know.

I think Facebook is a government tool and leaves you open to stalkers if you post too much information. I refuse to put my life out there.

AV

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Thank you seanferd, that about says it all really...

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to LOL

Look, listen and learn. Well that is what i was told at school, but on Facebook people chuck what they have learnt out of the window (meaning, they did not look, listen or learn).
I hope this acts as a wake up call for someone.

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I knew it!

by AV . In reply to LOL

Thanks for that video, Seanferd. I know so many people don't realize that Big Brother is watching and even encouraging everyone to use Facebook. What a data mining treasure trove it is.

The government couldn't get away with Carnivore years ago. People were up in arms about their privacy; but they have a real hit with Facebook.

AV

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Belated thanks, Seanferd

by santeewelding In reply to LOL

For the countercultural.

The presentation was so smooth...

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