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Windows 7: What Is Your Facebook Data Worth

22 Jun 2010   #1
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 
What Is Your Facebook Data Worth

I know a lot of people use Facebook, however the more I read about them, the more wary and surprised I become of their data practices..

I have never used Facebook and try to steer people away from it. Indeed there is nothing wrong with having a Facebook account. The only thing is, you should be aware of what details of your life you're sharing (and some things you are inadvertently sharing).

Read on to see who's getting a look at what you do on Facebook. You're sharing more than you think--and you might be surprised at what your data is worth.

What Is Your Facebook Data Worth? - PCWorld


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22 Jun 2010   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm a Facebook user and I don't see anything wrong with people using Facebook and I don't recommend to anybody that they stay away.

However, you need to think about what you write and submit before you do it. Just like anything else, things can come back to bite you in the butt if you aren't careful. For example, if you call in sick to work and then blab on facebook about sitting at home partying it up...then expect that coworker friends are likely going to know about it. It's just like working remotely from home....you probably don't want to fire up your Xbox360 and play games all day where coworkers and such can see that you are online earning video game achievements.

My wife and I recently took a vacation. But I wasn't blabbing about it on facebook or putting it in online posts before I left because I didn't want to broadcast to the world that my house would be unoccupied for 10 days. We didn't mention or comment about our vacation until after we returned home. Again, I think you need to think these things through and not simply avoid the technology.

People need to be accountable for their actions. That story points out a person with a health insurance issue because they were on a medical leave. Well, if you are manipulating the system and taking advantage of your health insurance plan...then I think you should pay the consequences if you are caught. Simply avoiding something like Facebook because they could catch you committing fraud isn't exactly an outstanding morale viewpoint.
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22 Jun 2010   #3
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

I guess I am old-school, but I don't do Facebook or Twitter, and I don't have a MySpace page either. I have forums like this one that I visit, and I talk to some people with Trillian Astra, and I email....that seems to be good enough for me.

I think pparks makes sense though, with his point on using some common sense if you are using Facebook.
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22 Jun 2010   #4
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

I agree pparks1, basically I tell people if they want to go on Facebook, be careful what you write or let the world know. And know how the data you submit is going to be used. In other words, educate yourself about the site and it's risks.

I know 2 people that got fired, from 2 different places, because they made negative comments about their workplaces. I really don't agree with that and as far as I'm concerned, everyone has the right to an opinion and what you do/say on your off-the-clock time is none of their business, but nonetheless, you do have to be very careful what you say/post online.

And yes, if you're trying to pull a fast one, like claiming you're sick & then posting something about spending the day at the beach, you get what you deserve if you get caught.

It's good you didn't make any comments about the vacation, there are people out there scrutinizing pages to catch things like that so they know when the house will be empty.

As you said, avoiding the tech is not the answer, being careful what you say/do and knowing the risks is.

NOTE: I may be a bit averse to Facebook since I've had to clean so many PC's with stuff they/their kids got from the site.
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22 Jun 2010   #5
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I'm a Facebook user and I don't see anything wrong with people using Facebook and I don't recommend to anybody that they stay away.

However, you need to think about what you write and submit before you do it. Just like anything else, things can come back to bite you in the butt if you aren't careful. For example, if you call in sick to work and then blab on facebook about sitting at home partying it up...then expect that coworker friends are likely going to know about it. It's just like working remotely from home....you probably don't want to fire up your Xbox360 and play games all day where coworkers and such can see that you are online earning video game achievements.

My wife and I recently took a vacation. But I wasn't blabbing about it on facebook or putting it in online posts before I left because I didn't want to broadcast to the world that my house would be unoccupied for 10 days. We didn't mention or comment about our vacation until after we returned home. Again, I think you need to think these things through and not simply avoid the technology.

People need to be accountable for their actions. That story points out a person with a health insurance issue because they were on a medical leave. Well, if you are manipulating the system and taking advantage of your health insurance plan...then I think you should pay the consequences if you are caught. Simply avoiding something like Facebook because they could catch you committing fraud isn't exactly an outstanding morale viewpoint.
Spot on advice.
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22 Jun 2010   #6
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noobvious View Post
I guess I am old-school, but I don't do Facebook or Twitter, and I don't have a MySpace page either. I have forums like this one that I visit, and I talk to some people with Trillian Astra, and I email....that seems to be good enough for me.
I got on the Facebook wagon a bit late myself. I don't use Twitter, and I don't do MySpace. For me, it was getting back in touch with a "handful" of people in high school/college that I lost track of over the years. In the past couple of years of using Facebook, I've had a few get togethers and such with old friends that otherwise would not have happened.
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22 Jun 2010   #7
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I'm a Facebook user and I don't see anything wrong with people using Facebook and I don't recommend to anybody that they stay away.

However, you need to think about what you write and submit before you do it. Just like anything else, things can come back to bite you in the butt if you aren't careful. For example, if you call in sick to work and then blab on facebook about sitting at home partying it up...then expect that coworker friends are likely going to know about it. It's just like working remotely from home....you probably don't want to fire up your Xbox360 and play games all day where coworkers and such can see that you are online earning video game achievements.

My wife and I recently took a vacation. But I wasn't blabbing about it on facebook or putting it in online posts before I left because I didn't want to broadcast to the world that my house would be unoccupied for 10 days. We didn't mention or comment about our vacation until after we returned home. Again, I think you need to think these things through and not simply avoid the technology.

People need to be accountable for their actions. That story points out a person with a health insurance issue because they were on a medical leave. Well, if you are manipulating the system and taking advantage of your health insurance plan...then I think you should pay the consequences if you are caught. Simply avoiding something like Facebook because they could catch you committing fraud isn't exactly an outstanding morale viewpoint.
Spot on advice.
I agree as well. This is no longer a time when families and friends remain in the same town where they grew up and Facebook does provide another alternative for staying in touch.

In addition to pparks1' advice, it is also advisable to customize your personal settings on Facebook so you are not sharing contact information (telephone, home address, e-mail) with "Everyone". The setting to viewing of your phone number, address, etc., is under Account > Privacy Settings > Customize settings.

I do use Twitter and have found it a nice resource for tech information.
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22 Jun 2010   #8
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

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I agree as well. This is no longer a time when families and friends remain in the same town where they grew up and Facebook does provide another alternative for staying in touch.
I don't know about you, but I live in mortal dread of the day some of my family members get a computer.
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22 Jun 2010   #9
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

If/when they do, Borg 386, I hope you take the time to educate them on protecting their privacy and how to keep the computer secure.
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22 Jun 2010   #10
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Oh I will Corrine, but if they will "get it", that the next question.

My Parents are in their 80's and I had a hard enough time explaining the CD player & the DVD player to them.

Fortunately I saw something in a magazine that has an online service take care of their PC, it's geared more towards the older generation. Between that & me, hopefully they'll be fine
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