Topic: Facebookers beware!  (Read 1930 times)

Author Message

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Womble

  • Amiga 4000
  • ******
  • Posts: 1191
  • Kudos 34
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
    • Aussie Arcade
Facebookers beware!
« on: May 19, 2010, 12:35:31 PM »
URGENT!! As of today, there is a privacy setting called "Instant Personalisation" that shares data about YOU with non-Facebook websites, no doubt to "value add" and to "enhance your experience" guff.

It defaults to "allowed" and all your details are ticked. Go to Account . Privacy Settings> "Applications and Websites"> "What your friends can share about you", and uncheck

Thin end of a very fat wedge if you ask me! Still they paid a lot of money for FB, its only worth is the massive amounts of data they have about everyone, sooner or later they will start to leak it for profit, no one pays billions for a website without hoping to turn a profit at some stage.
Sic Transit Gloria Atari

Offline sirmorris

  • Atari ST
  • *****
  • Posts: 535
  • Kudos 21
    • View Profile
Re: Facebookers beware!
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2010, 12:41:13 PM »
These folks have developed an open-source privacy settings checker for the book of face.

I use it and it's quite shocking what gets shared. I thought I was locked down tight but it showed how my friends can leak my information unintentionally.

This relies on a bookmarklet so should be used with firefox for best compatibility. Simply bookmark their script, open FB and click the bookmark. It will check your security settings and show you if any wttention is warranted.

It also offers to fix things for you but I didn't have any luck with that. It was simple to fix manually though.

-=-= Will Hack Hardware For Beer =-=-

Offline Panther

  • Committee
  • Amiga 4000
  • *
  • Posts: 4180
  • Kudos 35
  • Gender: Male
  • Look at the size of my.......Paws
    • View Profile
Re: Facebookers beware!
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2010, 12:43:49 PM »
Always nice to know that our private information is safe !

Offline rewind

  • C128
  • ****
  • Posts: 424
  • Kudos 13
    • View Profile
Re: Facebookers beware!
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2010, 12:54:57 PM »
never trusted mytwitface from the start, I've always given it absolute minimum information.

Problem is other people can share info about you whether you like it or not, so your privacy is outside of your own control, something new and unique to that site.

bah humbug.
All sorts of retro related stuff:
Gaming Parts and Spares!!

Offline Gaztee

  • Vic 20
  • **
  • Posts: 59
  • Kudos 7
  • Gender: Male
  • No longer living life in VR
    • View Profile
Re: Facebookers beware!
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2010, 06:40:58 PM »
I LOVE facebook -NOT!! :D
Aircars 94 for the Atari Jaguar now available at

Offline muguk

  • Sarcastic Git plc!
  • Administrator
  • Amiga 4000
  • ******
  • Posts: 3522
  • Kudos 34
  • Gender: Male
  • Mug U.K(tm)
    • View Profile
    • Mike's Word Toolbox
Re: Facebookers beware!
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2010, 06:55:16 PM »
I don't have a problem with it.  Then again, I'm not daft enough to install *every* single bloody application/game/photo slideshow that everyone else does.  There's some real dross out there and, the dodgier it sounds, the more likely that app is going to steal your granny :)

Offline DBloke

  • Vic 20
  • **
  • Posts: 69
  • Kudos 2
    • View Profile
    • The nights of gaming
Re: Facebookers beware!
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2010, 12:55:06 AM »
Like people can find out exactly where I live off there

Using the name "Manchester " is a bit vain
It makes me laugh when people put there full address and phone numbers then put down "GOING ON HOLS LOL <Grinning smiley>"
Im happy with my 12 friends on there as I know them all

I was avoiding it at first but then all my family are on there so I was forced into it
TNOG.ORG - Games nights in Manchester