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05 Jan 2012   #1

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Us old guys who HATE Facebook aren't always Dinosaurs.

Hi everone
To all thumb twiddlers everywhere on Iphones etc.

Read this
BBC News - Worm steals 45,000 Facebook passwords, researchers say

Cheers
jimbo

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05 Jan 2012   #2

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I am not old and I do not hate Facebook but I do not use it or any other of the social networks. My friends use it, posting family pictures and information about family members as a convenient way of communicating with them online. I have sent these friends weblinks to news articles such as the one you have posted here but they continue on.

It is their choice. They are informed. They have weighed the evidence and made an informed decision. So, if/when something happens they can't say they did not know.
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05 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

I have both a FaceBook and Twitter account but was never actually impressed from the start! Lately as seen with a friend's account hackers have gotten in and posted spam as if the account holder posted it! If fact even some celebrity accounts have run into the security issue!

A highly specialized worm for stealing that volume of passwords would need the skills of a professional programmer to accomplish and explain why so many accounts in the US have also been victimized!
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05 Jan 2012   #4

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by C32C3 View Post

It is their choice. They are informed. They have weighed the evidence and made an informed decision. So, if/when something happens they can't say they did not know.
It's all you can do really.
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05 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Couldn't agree with that more! I see people often putting too much personal information out there and then wonder why they are vulnerable! It simply goes to show that the best protection is "COMMON SENSE APPLIED"!
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05 Jan 2012   #6

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

I just watched a program on TV and believe it or not the IRS has over 1500 employees who's only job is to scan social network sites for people bragging about their income and or possessions.

They then cross reference the information against their reported income.

I have always thought people put to much personal information on those sites.

But as with most things when used with discretion or moderation it could be a satisfying thing.

I think
Fabe
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05 Jan 2012   #7

 

Lol, Facebook just rolls from one catastrophe to another and the kids, who are the majority of users, just don't care, a lot of them are only accessing the site from mobile phones anyway, meaning they have less to lose... if you ask them about security they wouldn't have a clue what you meant!
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06 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Kids on FaceBook? That's for sure! Often if they are not on a phone they may be on a parent's desktop or laptop and wouldn't have any ideas of web security! They simply rush to get on to chat with school buddies or other.

As far as catastrophies with FaceBook I keep hearing about them from one source or another. As far as I am concerned along with what I recommend to people often enough is watch just how much you post as far as personal information since it is too easily exploited. My confidence in FB and Twitter as well is 0% to none from the start.
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06 Jan 2012   #9

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Facebook is hardly the most vulnerable place for data to be stolen but perhaps more interesting and relevant information can be got from the site about many of those using it. Bank details have been gotten from many other sources and we all are vulnerable to some extent if we use the Internet for banking or buying.

One thing relevant about Facebook and all the other social networking sites is that the users are all partaking in a giant experiment, the outcome of which is uncertain. Nothing has ever happened on this scale before - the availability of information about complete strangers. Will it make people more open in general or perhaps more protective of details about their lives in the future? It is known, as has been commented, that many kids are using these sites even if they are prohibited from doing so. Do they fully understand the risks of giving out so much information? Much the same can be said about blogging, and again children are doing this, but perhaps there are benefits as well as possible problems.

Blogging may help teens dealing with social distress

My mind is open on the issue and whilst I do have a Facebook account you will not find anything of value there.

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06 Jan 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

One thing for certain it's a giant experiment! And the web in general does bring people from around the globe together. The opening up of the internet was what saw much more of this however!

No email, no instant messaging, no... what would we do?

As far as the younger crowd being on the web to start with you have to weight the Pros against the Cons. At the same time blogging and FaceBook may be a great tool for social distress you also have to remember that they can also be vulnerable to suggestion as well.

Likewise when anyone puts any information out on the web in any form there's always that element of uncertainly.
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