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.


With the launch of Google+, Google and Facebook now compete in even more areas than ever, such as…

Area facebook Google
Games facebook.com/games plus.google.com/games
Messaging/Email facebook.com/messages gmail.com
Instant Messaging facebook.com/messages talk.google.com
Video Calling facebook.com/videocalling talk.google.com
Photos facebook.com/media/photos plus.google.com/photos
Videos facebook.com/media/videos youtube.com
Calendar facebook.com/events calendar.google.com


Data Google facebook
  • $29.32 Billion (2010 Actual)
  • google has acquired over 100 companies since their founding in 1998
  • $4.27 Billion (2011 estimate)
  • facebook has acquired 18 companies since their founding in 2004
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.

Should You Be Trusting Them With Your Data?

Security Checklist facebook Google
https:// enabled on entire site Yes, optional Yes, by default
remote logout Yes Yes
Add your mobile number (for extra account security) Yes Yes
Two-Factor authentication 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 facebook Google 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.

Google is our winner (For now….) But the real votes are determined by the users.


Fergal Glynn joined Veracode in 2008. Fergal is currently responsible for lead generation activities including content marketing, blogging, search engine optimization, webinar marketing, social media, and optimizing the marketing and sales funnel. Fergal spent his first two years at Veracode as a Product Manager.

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