“We never share your personal information with our advertisers.”
Indeedy; by the sounds of it, they could just help themselves!
Facebook has leaked access to millions of users' photographs, profiles and other personal information because of a years-old bug that overrides individual privacy settings, researchers from Symantec said. The flaw, which the researchers estimate has affected hundreds of thousands of applications, exposed user access tokens to …
User details depend on how much info the users put in.
If they are stupid enough to record thier entire life story complete with photo's, links to all the family and a 'stream of conciousness' habit of posting then, yes, they may well deserved to get pwnd. But the rest of us know about Facebook so have a stripped-down profile or a totally bogus one.
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I think it is probably some botched government backdoor layer.
Whatever it is, though, bypass it by first logging in to:
mfacebook dot com
rather than dub dub dub dot facebook dot com.
From there, scroll to the screen bottom and click on "Desktop". Depending on the buggered implementation, you may have to take an intervening detour to "Touch", and then click on "Desktop" to log in.
What is REALLY bizarre, and makes me want to behead whomever is behind this is that THREE TIMES this morning my wall was particularly stripped of this:
"Change your password. During that process, fb automatically logs out any concurrent fb sessions/logins you have. Also, in the privacy settings and security settings, tell fb to notify you when your account is logged in to. And, enable the feature that requires a code when logging in. This means you will receive some kind of 5 or 6 digit number (via hand phone) which you must enter into the browser for the login to actually happen."
Each time since 7AM, that advice on my private wall was removed. No warning, no explanation, no TOS indications, no nothing. Just vanishes.
Sounds like more and more there's a price to pay for us to be online all the time, to see and be seen.
You want to share info, but don't want to be tracked that you shared. Having fun over the weekend, your boss might know immediately the minute after you post that one really funny photo. want to conveniently manage your bank accounts, password vaults, forum posts... And it becomes a chore keeping track of all those usernames and passwords... So why not use one password
And then those functionalities that are imposed on you because 'it makes managing your account so much easier'. All these layers of stuff where things can (and will) go wrong.
My profile really holds my email, not much else. Certainly no address or real birthdate. As applications have often been mentioned in the context of rather generous data access rights, I pretty much have no applications allowed.
Not being on FB is a choice. Being on FB and trusting it very little is another.
I take this sort of approach too (except I allow no apps at all and deny all of them data). I have very little data that isn't otherwise public EXCEPT a significant list of friends and contacts.
Of course Facebook also knows exactly who you used to be friends with and who you ignore too which could in itself be valuable/dangerous information.
...that token thing. I have a minimal Facebook account (which refused to accept "Earth" as my location <sulk>) because some people from work expected me to have one. Over the months, I've watched a boss rack up an impressive score on some game that involves dropping marbles, and I've not been able to look at her without giggling to myself.
But on a more serious note, most of these app updates could be silenced, but I've noticed a few that are posted as if by the user. I can't elect to *not* see this crap without blocking the entire person's profile. I wonder if this is related to the leaked-token thing, for surely app-spam would be posted as such?
[it's not that big a deal, I tend to only bother looking when my sacrificial email says Facebook sent me some notification or other... useful for remembering people's birthdays]
You can't hide some of them without hiding everything from that user - when you roll over to show the X and click it, it only offers to hide posts fromt he person, not the app. From what I can tell, those apps are posting as the actual user somehow, instead of posting to the user's wall...
The point of the post was that this user clearly felt that the boss wanted to have him on there to "keep an eye on him". This is increasingly common but is only a problem if you actually *use* facebook. I am in a similar boat (my wife made me have an account), but have no pictures on FB and only use it to generally have a presence.
What if the boss asks to put spy cameras in your house and watch you taking a shit so that he knows you're eating enough fibre? Fair enough, right? I mean he can't be putting up with unhealthy staff now can he.
"This is increasingly common"
I should hope not. Any boss who asks me to tolerate such a thing would get the response they deserve.
There are 3 reasons why this fails to convince me:
a) it is not special to FB. By this argument, I could be forced to sign up to every service in the world immediately it comes on line;
b) Actually, it is particularly weak for FB. If I don't have a FB account, there is a pretty good chance that my friends know that I have made a definite decision not to get one (and perhaps are even tired of hearing my rants about it), and so will realise instantly that it is a joe-job; and
c) since I have never agreed to anything with FB, their user policies are irrelevent to me. When I advise them that are libelling me, their only safe response is the same as any other content distributor: remove the content "expeditiously" and replace it with a retraction and apology. If they do not, I will nail them to the wall, and their lawyers will advise them that my chances of winning are around 97%.
Additionally, in some jurisdictions, using an electronic forum for joe-jobbing may fall under new "cyber-bullying" laws, particularly if sexual insinuations are made. In that case, it's not just libel (a civil offence), it's a criminal offence, and FB is going to help the police find the offender. Possibly the offender may be smart enought o hide his tracks, but so the cops seem to have a pretty high success rate finding them.
Screwing me by dropping interest rates, they charge £75 to enable debit on the card. Mutual funds went down. Government increases VAT. Sony stores my password unencrypted and gets hacked. All SaaS is in "beta", how my data is future proof and secure is unknown. Oracle buys Sun and starts charging for MySQL. Mortgages are screwed.
Now Facebook, what's next? Where can I hide?
Oracle is not charging for MySQL -- at least not yet. They agreed to continue supporting GPL releases until at least 2015.
In the meantime, the free software movement -- with the support of Monty Widenius, the original author -- has forked a GPL-only version called MariaDB. The intent is to continuously maintain MariaDB as binary compatible with MySQL, so that if Oracle's plan was to pull the GPL licensing in 2015 in order to kill off a competitor, then they just wasted one ... billion ... dollars. BWA HA HA HA!
Does facebook allow users to selectively deprive a given "friend" of information we share with others? It may seem pointless, but as long as a "friend" has limited known contact with our friends (in other words, we on facebook appear to not have common friends as far as facebook displays), we may want to deprive or starve someone rather than outright drop someone.
i cannot find such a facility in fb. Does anyone know if it is possible?
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