BE WARE!!! WHEN YOU LOGIN TO FACEBOOK Social networking sites like facebook, hi5, my space, friendster, orkut etc have created a successful path to communicate and share information. Nowadays millions of peoples use these social networking sites. Facebook has been much more popular around the world. Security aspects of Facebook Facebook can be considered to have security problems. The reason for the popularity of facebook is that facebook is more controlled and conservative though it is far from saying that facebook is absolutely safe. The photos uploaded in your facebook profiles remain in face book database when you delete them. These photos can later be used for unethical use not by facebook but by external Hackers. For instance in July 2008, a Briton, Grant Raphael was ordered to pay a total of GBP £22,000 (about USD $4400) for libel (writing bad about others) and breakage of privacy. Raphael had posted a fake page on facebook purporting to be that of a former school friend Matthew Firsht. The page claimed that Firsht was homosexual. Facebook also depends upon the third party Java applications. It means that users must trust third party applications that provide tools for facebook users besides trusting login and password. Facebook allows you add applications and tiny programs that run inside facebook itself. There are also an increasing number of business-oriented applications: professional profiles, for example, it lets you post and edit your profile on facebook and also allows you to track who views it. The downside to using the facebook applications is that you automatically grant the applications’ developers access to your profile which possess a security risk. In 2008, Facebook introduced a new option and new privacy interface but a security expert demonstrated that it was possible to exploit the security holes and could access private details. Then Facebook installed a bug fix to prevent it to happen. “Secret Crush” is a recent malware appeared on facebook. A fake message saying “A friend of yours has secretly fallen in love with you. To discover his/her identity you’re invited to install an application and tell your friends to do the same” is received by the users. The applications send you undesired ads. “Boface G” was another worm detected in 2008. This malware adds a post containing a link to fake YouTube video. If you click the link, a message with same link is sent to all your friends and is invited to download the Flash Player Update to see the video. It is not a flash player update but a copy of worms that attacks all your contacts. Facebook Security Guidelines Privacy is the first and foremost concern. Not only peoples nearby you and your community can view your profile but all including managers, teachers, students, police officers, and all can view it. Some simple advices are as follows Don’t share your password with others Don’t click the option “Remember me” before you login to facebook Logout when you’re finished with facebook Besides these simple advices the following measures can be adopted; Try to avoid putting the sensitive info on facebook. Choose that information which you can share with the site. Customize your privacy settings If the worst happens then fight back blocking access and eventually reporting the violations You can make your entire profile off limits to certain groups of people. You can also hide specific parts of your profile (like contact info and applications you have added). Facebook lets you prevent individual members from knowing that you’re on facebook. You can block individual members if you are harassed by them. Blocking someone keeps him/ her away from seeing your profiles, searching you or contacting via facebook. Conclusion: This article is just to acknowledge you about the cons of facebook particularly due to it’s wide popularity. It does not mean that facebook is useless. We all know that how important it is. Probably it is the most advanced form of communication ever developed. It is only the world where all peoples from different places, religions, castes, community live together and share each other. Who knows you can find your lost childhood friend in facebook. Popular social networking sites like facebook, is where most of your friend, relatives exist.
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