p2pnet news view Advertising | Kids & Kartels:- My daughter, Emma, 13, and a lot of her friends talk on Facebook. They’re 21st digital century kids and the net and net technologies are an integral part of their lives.
It’s particularly relevant to Emma and her friends because they’re homeschooled and they use the Internet to keep in touch with what’s happening, and to scoop up knowledge about whatever’s interesting them.
Were it not for the fact Fa$ebook siphons up private user data like an alcoholic in a brewery, that she spends time on Fa$ebook probably wouldn’t be a problem. Nor would there be a problem that it’s an advertising, not social, network.
The problem is what it does with all the information it gathers and because I’m not overjoyed with the fact Emma is a Fa$ebook regular, I try to keep her informed about what’s happening.
For example, she used to be among the hundreds of thousands of kids who indulge in the inane Fa$ebook quizes —-
—- until she read my recent story on Fa$ebook quizes in which the ACLU asks, “Ever whiled away five minutes on a Facebook quiz, finding out what cartoon character is your look-alike or how your IQ stacks up? These quizzes may seem like a perfectly harmless way to spend a few spare minutes. But have you stopped to think about what these quizzes are learning about you and how that info could be used?
Scary. And so it goes …
Then yesterday, Emma pointed out Fa$ebook seems to have some kind of weird speed censorship programme running.
She’s fast on the keyboard and when she was chatting with one of her friends yesterday, the notice in the pic on the right popped up, and kept on popping up.
It said »»»
Warning! You are engaging in behavior that may be considered annoying or abusive by other users.
Facebook’s systems determined that you were going too fast when sending web addresses (URLs) though [sic] chat messages. You must significantly slow down. Further misuse of site features may result in a temporary block or your account being permanently disabled. For further information, please visit our FAQ page.
And No. I promise this is NOT a spoof or a joke.
Nor is Emma the only one to have received a Fa$ebook ‘slow-down’ warning.
So what’s it really all about, Fa$ebook?
And there’s more.
Are some Fa$ebook ‘friend’ requests fake?
Emma, “recently became friends with XXX and thinks you may know XXX too,” said an email to me from ‘The Facebook Team”.
It went on »»»
To view this friend suggestion and request XXX as a friend, follow the link below:
The trouble is: Emma doesn’t remember suggesting anything of the kind.
So was this was purely and solely a Fa$ebook ‘initiative’?
And has anyone else had ‘friend requests’ from people who didn’t send them?
Said a post on Security Management last year »»»
Shawn Moyer, chief information security officer for Agura Digital Security, and Nathan Hamiel, senior consultant for Idea Information Security, created fake profiles of prominent computer security professionals, posted them to various social networking sites, and then sent out plenty of friend requests to other security experts.
They were so astounded by the results they presented to the Black Hat hacking conference yesterday in Las Vegas, according to the Associated Press:
Moyer and Hamiel said they did it three times, each time impersonating a different person. Each time they lured in more than 50 new friends within 24 hours. Some of those people were chief security officers for major corporations and defense industry workers, they said. They declined to identify any of those people.
According to the AP, security professionals are known for their skepticism, some say paranoia, but even these knowledgeable denizens of the net fell for the same scams they warn the average Web surfer to avoid, especially on social networking sites.
Accepting friends on social networking sites you haven’t authenticated as real is dangerous, says the AP. Cybercriminals and hackers masquerading as friends can then post malicious code on a person’s profile page or simply post links to malicious Web sites.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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