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    Facebook, the New Social Disease

    Facebook, the New Social Disease


    Accompanying the announcement that more than 150 million people are active on Facebook last week (and even more amazing, that half of them login daily) is a new series of security and legal issues surrounding its use. When exactly is your account compromised by a piece of software that may not be acting in your best interests? Or could it be something that is more sinister, or just human error?

    Don’t you pine for those simple days when the line between software and malware was pretty easy to delineate? Consider these news items:

    • Last week, Facebook sued the Brazilian site Power.com, claiming that its automated login process violated their terms of service. According to the LA Times, Power has agreed to use Facebook Connect, but the suit brings up all sorts of issues that aren’t so clear cut: is Power providing a service for its users, by consolidating several social networking logins? Or is it doing something that it shouldn’t, by storing these credentials? How is that different from any number of sites that allow me to cross-post messages to different video or blog sites?
    • Last December, we saw the Koobface trojan that spreads through social network news feed messages, prompting users to download what they think is an update to the Adobe Flash player but is really malware.
    • This was similar to a Brazilian-based attack that plagued Twitter last summer.
    • Earlier last fall over in Russia, we saw email/SMS pitches for people to download a Java applet to their cell phones that was spread via the Russian social network Vkontakte. Once on their phones, the app would automatically text several premium numbers that would be charged back to the user.


    The trouble is that as these attacks proliferate, it gets harder to differentiate them with legit situations where people are just making dumb mistakes. Consider the situation where a new social networking user doesn’t understand the very optional step when he or she signs up and is asked whether or not to send email invitations to their entire address book. In just a few seconds, a simple task of joining the network has turned into an annoying one sending out hundreds of unwanted emails. Sometimes this step isn’t explained well in the sign-up process, or sometimes people aren’t paying attention. Either way, it isn’t malevolent; it is just a stupid user error.

    Or take instant messaging, which seems so quaint now that there are lots of other networks out there. Yes, there are malware programs that propagate through IM, and there are security products that protect IM networks too. But nothing can stop human stupidity in how these IM networks are used, particularly if you store your IM login credentials on a family computer that is shared by several people. One of my colleagues has been having IM conversations with the wrong people – some that have gone on for ten or 15 minutes, before he realized he was talking to the intended’s spouse or kids. Why anyone leave his or her IM account wide open in this way is hard to understand. But it points out that just because someone is signed into IM, doesn’t mean that they are there. Remember, on the Internet no one knows that your dog hasn’t logged instead of you.

    Then there are sites like omgxd.com that use your login information for IM networks, supposedly to make it easier to connect but in reality spam all of your contacts on your buddy list. Heyxd.com is another one. I have tried to find out whether these two sites are legit or have some sinister purpose. I can’t really tell, but I would recommend steering clear of both of them.

    So the next time you get an email or IM or text message asking you to download a greeting card, update your Flash player, or do something else, take a moment to stop and think whether this is a request that you should just hit the delete key and move on. You don’t need to be the latest victim of a new social networking disease.
    http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/sec...al-Disease.htm


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    I don't think facebook is a bad idea. It has allowed my relatives to keep in track of each other much more effectively and easily.
    The only thing I don't like is the amount of personal information on it. If the rumors of Facebook being owned by the CIA is true, in theory they could easily identify who you are through your IP (and without contacting the ISP), which would allow them to bypass court restrictions and all.

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    I use Facebook and find it is useful although a lot of time got wasted when I first joined up as I received lots of applications for all sorts of nonsense so now I have my account only for the people I know instead of accepting friend requests form anyone who asked... I thought that was what was required... so I wised up. If the application is heathen related then I like it :-)

    It's been very useful for keeping up with relatives and friends who live a long way away from me(interstate and O/S)... like anything, FB or the net in general can be a useful tool or a waste of ones time and/or life.

    FB or any of those other internet social forums can get in the way of a real life and for some people it is their only life... ok if the person is housebound or disabled but too many healthy folk are spending most of their spare time on the internet instead of out in the fresh air.

    If FB is set up by the CIA well... so be it... I've never considered the internet as being private anyway... you might be by yourself behind a screen but what you're typing goes out to 'x' amount of people. If you want privacy stay off the net :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hulda.Kin View Post
    I use Facebook and find it is useful although a lot of time got wasted when I first joined up as I received lots of applications for all sorts of nonsense so now I have my account only for the people I know instead of accepting friend requests form anyone who asked... I thought that was what was required... so I wised up. If the application is heathen related then I like it :-)

    It's been very useful for keeping up with relatives and friends who live a long way away from me(interstate and O/S)... like anything, FB or the net in general can be a useful tool or a waste of ones time and/or life.

    FB or any of those other internet social forums can get in the way of a real life and for some people it is their only life... ok if the person is housebound or disabled but too many healthy folk are spending most of their spare time on the internet instead of out in the fresh air.

    If FB is set up by the CIA well... so be it... I've never considered the internet as being private anyway... you might be by yourself behind a screen but what you're typing goes out to 'x' amount of people. If you want privacy stay off the net :-)


    It's a great way to learn about your every single detail without having to get a search warrent. All the FBI needs to do is create a White Nationalist site, and everyone who joins, can have their IP referenced with their Myspace and Facebook IP.
    No need to hassle ISPs or any other barriers that will be hesitant to release the information of their clients


    Plus there is stuff that you would otherwise never be able to learn from a search warrant or a background check. Such as list of friends, relatives, your favorite hobbies, et al.

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    If I get FaceBook can I qualify for SSDI?
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    I use Facebook as a means of survey. I like to check who's in interracial relationships, what percentage of relationships are interracial, how many people have foreign surnames, how many people look mixed etc etc.

    I'd say it's healthier than rival sites like Mypace, since generally you're communicating with people you know in real life, and not faux-suicidal bisexual mascara drenched emo attention whores.

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    Back before Facebook existed, I quit MySpace for good. Reasons being that I began to identify a trend among my generation where people forego traditional methods of human interaction in favour of new, digital ones. I don't view it as healthy and I don't wish to deduce my personality down to several preset sections of information which are searchable, storable and misrepresentative of the complex character that is me. I don't mean to sound conceited - we're all worth more than that.

    Needless to say, I don't even know what a Facebook page looks like, because I never signed up and never intend to.
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    'Get Off Facebook and Get a Life'

    'Get off Facebook and get a life'


    A psychologist is urging people to get off Facebook and other social networking sites, and get a life instead.

    Dr Aric Sigman says the amount of time we spend with each other has slumped dramatically and in turn is damaging our health.

    He says our devotion to such sites could alter the way genes work, upset immune responses, hormone levels, and the function of arteries, and influence mental performance.

    Levels of hormones such as the "cuddle chemical" oxytocin, which promotes bonding, altered according to whether people were in close contact or not.

    This could increase the risk of health problems as serious as cancer, strokes, heart disease, and dementia.

    Dr Sigman spells out his warning in the latest issue of Biologist, the journal of the Institute of Biology, and maintains that social networking sites have played a significant role in people becoming more isolated.

    He said: "Social networking is the internet's biggest growth area, particular among young children.

    "A quarter of British children have a laptop or computer in their room by the age of five and they have their own social networking sites, like the BBC's myCBBC. It's causing huge changes."

    Dr Sigman said 209 "socially regulated" genes have been identified, including ones involved in the immune system, cell proliferation and responses to stress.

    Electronic media is also undermining the ability of children and young people to learn vital social skills and read body language, he said.

    Dr Sigman continued: "One of the most pronounced changes in the daily habits of British citizens is a reduction in the number of minutes per day that they interact with another human being.

    "In less than two decades, the number of people saying there is no one with whom they discuss important matters nearly tripled.

    "Parents spend less time with their children than they did only a decade ago. Britain has the lowest proportion of children in all of Europe who eat with their parents at the table. The proportion of people who work at home alone continues to rise.

    "I am worried about where this is all leading. It's not that I'm old fashioned in terms of new technology, but the purpose of any new technology should be to provide a tool that enhances our lives.

    "Social networking sites should allow us to embellish our social lives, but what we find is very different. The tail is wagging the dog. These are not tools that enhance, they are tools that displace."

    Research suggests the number of hours people spend interacting face-to-face has fallen dramatically since 1987 as electronic media use increases.
    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20090219/...e-dba1618.html


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    That's true. I have Facebook too, but I logged in to Facebook for few days ago so I'm not a "Facebookaddict".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eoppoyz View Post
    That's true. I have Facebook too, but I logged in to Facebook for few days ago so I'm not a "Facebookaddict".
    It's true? It's true that Facebook is altering our genes?
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