The older generation seems to think that everyone can see what you are writting and posting up - what a load of tosh!!!!!! It's complete and utter rubbish and all this is coming from media and posts like Martin's.
There are privacy settings etc. If you are so thick as to show your profile to EVERYONE in the whole world, then you deserve to be found out one day.
The internet doesnt store data indefinately, unless you keep it going. It gets deleted.
SacreVert wrote: »
You would probably place me in the older generation, but I work in the relevant field. Facebook in particular has a (not very) long and not exactly distinguished reputation for repeatedly opening up the privacy restrictions on its accounts. There are numerous reports from the computer security unit at Cambridge University (The same people that have demonstrated a way that you can make a chip & PIN machine accept any PIN at all) on how each change to the Facebook privacy rules opens up still more of your life to public scrutiny.You also imply that everyone knows how to set up their account. This is patently not true. YOU may have found the privacy settings and may even know what they mean, but most people just accept the defaults. The Facebook business model requires that everyone has the smallest amount of private data possible. They want everyone to be found easily in their database, after all that is the sole reason for Facebook's existence.
Unfortunately this is not true. There have been many, many cases where people have been caught out by e-mails/blog entries/texts that they wish had just self destructed. If you talk to someone then once the words are spoken they self destruct in milliseconds. Every e-mail that you have ever sent is on a server somewhere. The only security that you have is that your e-mail is hidden behind all of the others. A small needle in a very large haystack but "Google is your friend".
As far as prospective employers go and others trying to find you on FB, there are so many people with the same name on Facebook that it is incredibly difficult to find the right person.
SacreVert wrote: »
Sweeping assumption :-
My real name is not unique, but I have only found one other person with the same name/surname combination anywhere in the world. My name is English and you would not think it unusual if you were to see it.
JissyJules wrote: »
Then, hopefully you have your privacy settings set so others can only see what you want them to see.
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