Facebook: The First, Primary, Top Danger

March 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

I found this article to be the best condensation of what I’ve been reading for months now.  Bear in mind that I don’t use the supposed social-networking sites, for about the same reason that I don’t have a cell-phone.  I find that the dubious advantages are far outweighed by the implicit disadvantages.  [Just to confuse things, I don’t actually consider any program to be the primary danger, but rather the protocols that the human participants bring to the table.  However, since I’ve been working on expressing the latter for forty years perhaps it’s understandable I’m not trying to discuss philosophy, psychology, sociology and etymology among others within this blog’s venue.]

And I’m going to make my coverage of the subject to be very simple.  The add-ons for Facebook aren’t vetted.  That means no one checks them, at all.  They are “released” in what you have to consider alpha or beta version, in the first place.  In the second place, there is absolutely no guarantee whatsoever, at all, in any form or fashion–that any given add-on isn’t constructed specifically to gain information from you and/or your computer.  [An extremely good definition of money, by the way, is information.]

That means that at any given time some of the add-ons, widgets, third party applications or whatever you would like to call them…are actively dangerous.  Some of them will get information from you that you want to keep private.  You have no way (other than vetting the installation package yourself, like using Trend Micro’s HouseCall) to judge whether a given application is dangerous.  Unfortunately, this means that even an application that has been “time-tested” is far from invulnerable.  The built-in security features of this service are poor.

My attitude is literally that “What can happen will, given enough time.”

How much information are you actually leaving exposed via Facebook?  [Do any banking online?]

–Glenn

Entry filed under: browsers, computers/tech, current news, freeware, internet, internet security, protection, psychology, social networking.

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