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Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Mon May 17, 2010 1:24 am

The venerable Guardian newspaper has published a story called
"Facebook is not your friend" with a strapline that reads, "If you
care about your privacy and that of your real friends, unfriend
Facebook now. We are its product, not its customers"


Guardian - Facebook is not your friend

It links to a New York Times graphic which shows just how comp-
licated it is to control privacy settings on Facebook, and a graphic
representation of how the company's privacy policy has expanded
over the last 5 years until it's now bigger than the US constitution.
To manage your privacy on Facebook, you will need to navigate
through 50 settings with more than 170 options.
Of course, you could just delete your Facebook account, couldn't you?
If you decide it isn't worth it, Facebook turns out to be very difficult
to leave. It is very easy to "deactivate" your account, but it's also
almost meaningless. Nothing is deleted by deactivation. If you return
a year later, your account is still there, with the same password, the
same friends and all the same data.
I'm glad that I don't have a Facebook account.

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Post by marika3 » Mon May 17, 2010 3:28 am

I always thought that all these "social networking sites" are just places to collect people's data and use them for own advantage - be it for marketing, spying, scamming and so on.

Never had accounts with any of them...
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Post by dobby » Mon May 17, 2010 3:36 am

ZM ran through some useful Facebook tips this morning, which are posted on their website. I thought point 4 in particular was useful.
7 Things To Stop On Facebook

Want to be safe when you're playing online? Follow these rules!

1. Overlooking Privacy Controls
You can limit access to your friends, friends of friends, or yourself for almost everything in your Facebook profile. Restrict access to pictures, birth date, religious views and family information. Also consider leaving out contact info like your phone number and address, since you probably don't want anyone to have access to that anyway.

2. Posting Your Child's Name in a Caption
Don't use a child's name in photo tags or captions. If someone else does, delete it. If your child isn't on Facebook and someone includes his or her name in a caption, ask that person to remove the name.

3. Mentioning That You'll Be Away From Home
That's like putting a "no one's home" sign on your door. Wait until you get home to tell everyone how awesome your vacation was and be vague about the date of any trip.

4. Letting Search Engines Find You
You can help prevent strangers from accessing your page by going to the Search section of Facebook's privacy controls and select Only Friends for Facebook search results. Also be sure the box for public search results isn't checked.

5. Letting Youngsters Use Facebook Unsupervised
Facebook limits its members to ages 13 and over, but children younger than that use it. If you have a young child or teenager on Facebook, become one of their online friends. Use your e-mail address as the contact for their account so that you get their notifications and monitor their activities.

6. Using a Weak Password
Avoid simple names or words you can find in a dictionary, even if there are numbers on the end. Mix upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. A password should have at least eight characters.

7. Leaving Your Full Birth Date in Your Profile
It's a perfect target for identity thieves. They'll use it to get more information about you and eventually get access to your bank or credit card account. If you've already put in your birth date, go to your profile page and click on the Info tab, then on Edit Information. Under the Basic Information section, choose to show only the month and day or no birthday at all.
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I have a FB account that uses a throwaway email address, and provides no personal information. I never post on it, but use it to keep up with news from a handful of friends and extended family. I won't actively use any social networking site until I'm satisfied with their privacy settings, ownership and use of content, security etc. Likewise I won't let the kids have accounts, regardless of how many of their friends have them.
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Post by Foggyone » Mon May 17, 2010 4:27 am

A more expansive article one the above subject.

There has been a great deal of discussion recently about the numerous changes to Facebook privacy policy. One statement made that I found incredible was that the selected settings are replaced by the default settings each time the privacy settings are updated by Facebook. If this is true then there is no point in selecting settings to suit yourself.

And here's a story about a hacker offering 1.5 million hacked Facebook accounts for sale.
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Post by noscams » Mon May 17, 2010 4:38 am

i have had several spam messages from facebook users asking me to join and i have sent several back with "nice" messages that i have never used their services and never will

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Post by digidog » Mon May 17, 2010 6:53 am

There's one person in a company in Auckland that I deal with who has sent me
a few "become a Facebook friend" requests. That's a misuse of my email
address. I've just binned the lot.

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Post by noscams » Mon May 17, 2010 8:58 am

i got the same kind of email from other people.I told them"not to send me this crap".The trouble is that when someone else gives your email to fuckbook,there is a slightly different email header so doing a block ban on the fuckbook emails doesn't work

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Post by Foggyone » Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:57 pm

Information on 100 Million Facebook accounts has been scraped and assembled into a 2.8GB downloadable file.

While the information is publicly available from Facebook, it apparently gives people a different look at the accounts (read the article). There has been ongoing discussion of Facebook security and privacy settings for some time, and this may heat up the discussion.
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Are You On The Facebook 100 Million List?

Post by Foggyone » Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:17 pm

This artice tells you how to see if you were one of the 100,000,000 accounts that got harvested.
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Post by digidog » Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:40 pm

Yet another Facebook scam emerges.
Facebook users are being targeted in a scam that offers them a chance to
install a "dislike" button.

The scam tricks users into allowing a rogue application to access their profile
page, which then posts spam messages.

It also attempts to lure people into completing an online survey, for which the
scammers are paid money.

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Post by digidog » Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:47 am

Another case has emerged where FaceBook is not cooperating with Police
to shut down someone who is stalking a Sydney woman and her daughters.

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How Scams Grow

Post by Foggyone » Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:17 pm

This articledetails the steps that scammers often take to gain access to Facebook accounts.

You can see some of the horrendous number of hacked Facebook accounts here. The search term to bring up more is Facebook Hotmail.
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Post by Foggyone » Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:05 pm

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Post by Foggyone » Tue Nov 02, 2010 6:14 pm

Further shenanigans at Facebook, with User IDs.

It's a real can of worms at this site.
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Friend or Foe

Post by Foggyone » Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:28 pm

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/ne ... d=10700774" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]A salutary tale about friends who do the dirty.

Makes you realise how dangerous misusing social sites can be.

And, the burglar wasn't blessed with the most acute intelligence either!
Ms Tadema also has some wry advice for burglars: don't sell stolen goods to pawn shops and leave your real name and details.
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