Saturday, May 15, 2010

Open Book: Site Searches Unsecured Facebook Posts

A new search service, Open Book, demonstrates the privacy threat arising when Facebook users fail to carefully adjust their security settings. Among other concerns, their status updates become publicly searchable.

While the Open Book search for "toronto lawyer" doesn't yield too much embarrassing personal detail, other searches certainly do.

(Bottom line: if you feel the need to broadcast that your boss isn't so grand, ensure your privacy controls are adjusted to limit who might view your epic prose)

New York Daily News has just published a good, step-by step guide to changing Facebook privacy and security levels. Social media users take note.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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