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Goodbye, Facebook

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June 24, 2011 by falcon7204

That’s it. I’m done with Facebook. Once again, my account has been compromised thanks to Facebook’s not-yet-ready-for-prime-time security. Something got posted from my account that didn’t come from me so that’s all.

Facebook’s security has always been suspect, especially given the fact that third-party applications are not necessarily bound by Facebook’s terms (and Facebook warns its users about this fact). Yet people want to be “social,” and they’ll do just about anything to feel popular.

But people also put a plethora of personal information on their Facebook profile, and that’s a veritable feeding trough for identity thieves. Face it: Just because you don’t put your Social Security number out there doesn’t mean some bright, evil script kiddie can’t figure it out. Address and phone number will get almost anybody into the Social Security database.

And Facebook’s attitude seems to be, so what? You’re using our system, so you’re going to have to deal with all of our security issues.

Not me. I’m finished with Facebook. I’m keeping Twitter because that account hasn’t been hacked – yet – and I am hopeful some of my Facebook followers will retweet this link and let others know that, despite their best efforts, they’re still going to get hacked – and Facebook won’t do anything about it. Being social and being seen is not worth the potential security breach.

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