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Thread poster: Monika Coulson

Monika Coulson  Identity Verified
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Feb 3, 2009

I know it is fun, but it is the wrong time to make your complete birthdate public these days. And not just your birthday...

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=5491388


Have a great day, everyone!

Monika

[Edited at 2009-02-03 14:47 GMT]


 

Elías Sauza  Identity Verified
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Even worse Feb 3, 2009

We have heard of stories about kidnapping after criminals read about one person's information such as school attended, places visited during vacations, etc., from which they know the social status of the person. The Government of a nearby city advised its youth population not to use any of these sites in order to help in reducing kidnapping.

 

TechWrite
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it's nothing new Feb 3, 2009

such things are known in the world of special agents and secret services...icon_smile.gif

Therefore one should watch out all the time in order not to get tricked into some mass...


 

Lesley Clarke  Identity Verified
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Not to mention the "legal" use Feb 3, 2009

Thanks for that information.

i would like to add the latest news about the potential "legal" use of Facebook that I also find very offputting.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/4413483/Networking-site-cashes-in-on-friends.html


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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If no Facebook, Google will suffice Feb 3, 2009

Monika Coulson wrote:
I know it is fun, but it is the wrong time to make your complete birthdate public these days. And not just your birthday...


You can get lots of information on people using Google alone...


 

Aniello Scognamiglio  Identity Verified
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;-) Feb 3, 2009

Samuel Murray wrote:

Monika Coulson wrote:
I know it is fun, but it is the wrong time to make your complete birthdate public these days. And not just your birthday...


You can get lots of information on people using Google alone...


You can get lots of information on people using ProZ...


 

Nesrin  Identity Verified
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I don't get it... Feb 3, 2009

Monika Coulson wrote:

I know it is fun, but it is the wrong time to make your complete birthdate public these days. And not just your birthday...

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=5491388


I've heard similar warnings before, but I still don't get it. When I look up the name of someone who's not my FB friend, all I can see is a list of their friends, but that's it. How is anyone outside my list supposed to find out my personal details??

Aniello Scognamiglio wrote:
You can get lots of information on people using ProZ...


That's absolutely trueicon_eek.gif

[Edited at 2009-02-03 19:36 GMT]


 

irina savescu  Identity Verified
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facebook Feb 3, 2009

I've heard similar warnings before, but I still don't get it. When I look up the name of someone who's not my FB friend, all I can see is a list of their friends, but that's it. How is anyone outside my list supposed to find out my personal details??

some people make the information available to everyone, not just friends (there is an option somewhere to do that) and a lot of people just accept anyone as their friend on the internet.
imho
common sense doesn't apply on social networking sites because you get the feeling that it's not really real. you wouldn't give out that information to a stranger on the street but you don't think twice about sharing it online. and that's where the problems start.


 

Ioanna Orfanoudaki  Identity Verified
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not surprising really Feb 4, 2009

I don't think there's anything surprising to it, really. I'm no tech freak, but common sense tells me that if hackers are capable of getting banking details out of people or out of their computers, anything is possible via the net... Call me a pessimist if you have to...
I've had a few friends asking me to join them on Facebook and I've always kindly refused, always explaining the risk linked to those sites and that my policy is to stay away from them... The result was that I don't hear much from some of them anymore, nor do I receive family photos or things like that, as if good old email or even phone didn't have its place among communication tools anymore... So be it, if that's the price to pay to protect my private life and my family...


 

Taija Hyvönen
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So have I Feb 4, 2009

Ioanna Orfanoudaki wrote:
I've had a few friends asking me to join them on Facebook and I've always kindly refused,


But since I am their friend, they plaster photos of me all over there when they manage to snap someicon_mad.gif

Usually when you google someone, Facebook page by that name is the top result. It really is that popular.


 

Aniello Scognamiglio  Identity Verified
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Only 2 things Feb 4, 2009

Ioanna Orfanoudaki wrote:

I don't think there's anything surprising to it, really. I'm no tech freak, but common sense tells me that if hackers are capable of getting banking details out of people or out of their computers, anything is possible via the net... Call me a pessimist if you have to...
I've had a few friends asking me to join them on Facebook and I've always kindly refused, always explaining the risk linked to those sites and that my policy is to stay away from them... The result was that I don't hear much from some of them anymore, nor do I receive family photos or things like that, as if good old email or even phone didn't have its place among communication tools anymore... So be it, if that's the price to pay to protect my private life and my family...


Once upon a time a famous person said 'The only sure things in life are death and taxes.'


 

Geoffrey Barrow
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I couldn't agree more Feb 4, 2009

Ioanna Orfanoudaki wrote:

I've had a few friends asking me to join them on Facebook and I've always kindly refused, always explaining the risk linked to those sites and that my policy is to stay away from them... The result was that I don't hear much from some of them anymore, nor do I receive family photos or things like that, as if good old email or even phone didn't have its place among communication tools anymore... So be it, if that's the price to pay to protect my private life and my family...


I don't "politely refuse" - I simply ignore such requests.

Apart from the inherent dangers of Facebook, I object to it because it is so reminiscent of those mass-mailing letters some people find it necessary to send out to their friends and acquaintances every Christmas, telling them all about what the family has been up to in the past twelve months. Instead of keeping in touch with people directly, they resort to this kind of pretentious posturing, which has the added advantage of giving the impression that they are so terribly busy (i.e. important) that this is the only way they can keep in touch with the enormous number of "friends" they have.

Sorry, but the very name "Facebook" seems to sum it up for me. Personally, I prefer to call it FAKEBOOK.


 

Monika Coulson  Identity Verified
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Using common sense Feb 5, 2009

Facebook says it is taking measures to reduce impersonations. The popular site also offers these preventative tips for those who want to take the security of their online profile into their own hands:

• Be suspicious of anyone -- even friends -- who ask for money over the Internet. Verify their circumstances independently, either by calling them directly, or checking with mutual friends.

• Choose a strong password and use unique credentials for each of your Web accounts. Facebook says hackers tap into one site and then try to reuse passwords on others.

• Use an up-to-date browser that features an anti-phishing blacklist.

• Use and run anti-virus software on your computer.

• Reset your Facebook password if you suspect your account has been compromised.

• Have more than one contact e-mail address. This will help if one of them is hacked.




http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/02/05/facebook.impostors/index.html

[Edited at 2009-02-05 21:16 GMT]


 

Taija Hyvönen
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Speaking of Facebook Feb 6, 2009

I was thinking of putting a business profile of Facebook - with pretty much the same info I have on my profile here, conservative, no photos, not collecting friends hysterically and joining funny groups... bad idea? What do you think, could this promote freelancing?

As I have never been there, I have no idea whether people put profiles there for business purposes and would it even be possible, or worth the trouble.

Edit. The same for MySpace!

[Edited at 2009-02-06 04:53 GMT]


 

TechWrite
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lots of carefulness is required all the time May 20, 2009

Anywhere and anytime, when you give any information on yourselves you let the whole world know about you. It is NOT a problem to find all the pieces of information you spread, traces on where you have been and which sites you have visited to figure out not only who you are, where you live, and what are your interests, but all your past as well.

The lest information on yourselves you give, the best.

Even when opening email account, which and giving there your real city name, postal code, phone number and birth date - you are open book not only for spammers, but hackers as well.


Therefore lots of carefulness is required all the time - whatever you do in the net.

Take care!



Aniello Scognamiglio wrote:
Samuel Murray wrote:
Monika Coulson wrote:
I know it is fun, but it is the wrong time to make your complete birthdate public these days. And not just your birthday...

You can get lots of information on people using Google alone...

You can get lots of information on people using ProZ...


 
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