Social Networking or Social Suicide?

I just read a startling news story about how someone didn’t understand what NOT to post on Facebook.

The article titled “British spy chief’s cover blown on Facebook” tells how the wife of Sir John Sawers put up way too much information on Facebook. You can read the story at http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20090706/tc_nm/us_britain_mi6

You don’t have to be a spy chief to require a little privacy. In fact, it is a good idea not to publish where you live, what your family looks like, where you are going to vacation at, when you are out of town, when your parents are away, and so on. This is information that is fine to share with friends, but the whole world doesn’t really need to know and some people will use this kind of information to commit crimes.

Things like “We’re on vacation in XYZ” tell people that you are not home. Perfect for the opportunistic burglar. It does help if you have your privacy options set, but then you are assuming that a social networking site will not have a bug that allows people to get around the privacy settings. This isn’t a great assumption to make.

It is fine to have a profile on a social networking site, but do limit how much information you put up there. Just because you want to publish your life, it doesn’t mean that your family and friends want you to publish their lives too!!!

Randy Abrams
Director of Technical Education

Author ESET Research, ESET

  • TheCoiceHasBeenMade4me

    Social Networking is an AMAZING tool to develop personal & social interactions with people you’d not normally see. Among other useful and very powerful personal information sources. Social networking has completely disintegrated EVERY ounce or chance I ever had of rebuilding and re normalizing important parts of my life.
    What started out as a msg reply with sarcastic undertones, developed into a community approx. a global population strong with an incredible ability to retain a secrecy that has driven me to a google search for a fucking hand gun to blow my fucking head off because my reputation is irreparable. I have been made out to be a complete social reject but after 4 years of defamation, ‘a world’ is gonna form an opinion of negative nature.
    I will not live a life of paranoia. Epecially at the hand of someone else

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