Facebook Privacy – How secure is our information really out there?
Most of you reading this article are likely to have a FB page of their own.
We share, like and subscribe to many different pages across the internet using our FB account without even realizing what we’re doing. What most of us don’t get is in fact that each day more and more of ourselves, our information and our personal life gets uploaded to the internet for the world to see.
While Facebook may be in fact a great way to stay in touch with friends and family from one persons perspective, the reality is much more different.
For most of you, Facebook seems to be a haven. A place where those who prefer to avoid physical relationships can thrive on online ones.
Knowing this many of you scoff at the idea that Facebook could be bad for you, while others will claim that they have read countless articles on why Facebook is bad but have never seen any real truth to the claims.
However while this may be true is seems worthwhile in knowing how much of our daily information Facebook does in fact know :
1. Friends circle – The moment we create a FB account we’re asked to give in information relating to our education. From this Facebook is able to instantly suggest a wide number of friends ( many whom we don’t know off ) for us to possibly add. The tendency to click ‘add all’ may leave most of us adding strangers who have falsely listed their educational background for other negative purposes.
2. Likes & Dislikes – Doesn’t it seem weird how Facebook constantly suggest pages we might like or interest we might have without even knowing what pleases us? While many of us simply believe that it’s because we ourselves have listed these pages as our interest and Facebook is simply suggesting similar topics, the reality is quite different. FB is able to recognize what we’re talking about every single time we make a post like ‘Hey went to McDonald’s’ and from that relate to our likes and dislikes. While this may not seem like such a big thing most people agree that to have cyber being know so much about us is quite daunting.
3.Sharing is not always Caring – Every-time we share a page or picture, the original owners are made aware of the fact that we have done this. With the recent craze of sharing pictures by popular sites like Damnlol, 9GAG or lolhappens more and more people besides your friends are gaining access to your personal information. As a side note did you know that every time you visit a site which has a FB ‘like’ button on it, Facebook gets an update, even if you don’t have an account.
4. Internet rage – Countless of times you’ve seen owners of popular FB pages use their page’s popularity to target their own personal interests. Many a time it’s simply to help them win an online contest by filling out a form where as others have you questioning long held beliefs. Some people target religions using their pages and most of the time we don’t respond in worry that we may be mass targeted by angry online users.
5. Status Madness – We all have them as on of our FB friend’s. They’re the kind of people who don’t reply at all to any of our statuses but still endlessly browse through all of them. Many don’t even realize that we’ve added these people until it’s too late. They prey on those who share too much of their personal lives on the internet and such are the victims of FB crime.
Even after reading this many of us will still continue to use our FB accounts without a fearing that their information is not secure. In all truthfulness it can’t be helped, social media has become as natural as work and play. Just be careful what you post on it and bear in mind the consequences that could occur.