Whether you use Social Networks for games, video and photos, or just to re-connect with old friends, you should be aware of how your Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is protected. This infographic details several of the ways Google and Facebook handle Privacy and Security.
|Unique Visitors||166.8 Million||156.3 Million|
By simply using these products you are placing your trust in these companies to protect your information Facebook blocks anywhere from 250,000 to 600,000 hack attempts a day.
|https:// enabled on entire site||Yes, optional||Yes, by default|
|Add your mobile number (for extra account security)||Yes||Yes|
|Suspicious activity alerts||Yes||Yes|
|Offers tips on creating passwords (that are better and more secure)||Yes||Yes|
|Stores your data for a limited time (Google stores search results for 18 months. Facebook stores info on deactivated accounts)||Yes, if you delete the account||Yes, 18 months|
#OP_FB Nov 5, 11 - Hacktivist groups reportedly threatened to hack the Facebook network on November 5th, 2011 but failed to follow through, meaning that Facebook is a target but your data is safe…for now. Some Hackers are looking to kill facebook, but Anonymous has since claimed to not support their cause. Come on in. In 2009 a security hole was found in Facebook Search that allowed users to see anything in another user’s “Basic Information” section, regardless of their security setting. (this has since been fixed) Google v Chinese Hackers – In January of 2010, Google announced that it had been the target of a “highly sophisticated” and coordinated attack against its corporate network. It said the hackers had stolen intellectual property and sought access to the Gmail accounts of human rights activitsts. Google said the attack originated from China. (China has denied involvement in the attack)
|Privacy Checklist||Optimal Answer|
|Allows Companion Sites to Share info (like what you’re listening to, foursquare checking, etc.)||Yes||Yes||No|
|Allows Use of a Pseudonym||No||No||No|
|Block Individuals from seeing a post||Yes||No||Yes|
|Simplified Contact Organization (organize into groups / ability t message groups)||Yes…But it’s complicated||Yes||Yes|
|Stops Tracking After Logout (your browsing stops tracking your other online activity)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Scans your content for keywords||Yes||Yes||No|
Entrepreneur and hacker Nik Cubrilovic reports that Facebook can track the web pages you visit even when you are logged out of Facebook. (a facebook spokesperson has responded that this rumor is unfounded) When you block someone on G+ your public updates and comments still show up on their page (you just don’t see theirs) also there’s no way of preventing other users from adding you to circles.