Facebook, a phishing harbour?

Not content with making formerly private information public to all, Facebook now seems to be a phishing harbour too:

Bildschirmfoto 2010-05-15 um 22.47.26.pngThis section, displayed on my, and doubtless many other people's Facebook pages, asks for my mac.com password in order to "connect me to my friends".

If I were to do that and indeed enter my password here, I would grant some unknown entity access to all my e-mails, my iDisk with 10 GB of private files, all my contacts, calendar items, web pages created with iWeb, not to mention all of my computers that are switched on and have screen sharing enabled.

This is potentially the most blatant and outrageous phishing attempt that I have come across in a long time, and it's not done via a dubious e-mail full of spelling mistakes, but rather via an item on a Facebook page that could have been created either by Facebook themselves or a third party. Unbelievable. 


1) I agree with you and I am close to being appalled by some of the things Facebook is doing, e.g., both my niece and my son-in-law complained that Facebook deleted a lot of their info because they refused to link it to other things

2) I did extensive experiments with a fake entity I created so that I could hide things from that entity and then sign in as that entity to see what was actually able to be seen; in some cases some of the hidden things were not on my wall but were visible in the newsfeed; i.e., it's not the same as "previewing your profile", as Facebook would have us believe.

3) If there is even one person anywhere in the world that one doesn't want to know something, I would advise that that something not be posted on the internet.

4) This article from the NYT, "Facebook Privacy: A Bewildering Tangle of Options" is interesting. It is here: http://tinyurl.com/32hdbwq

Also interesting: http://lifehacker.com/5538697/how-to-quit-facebook-without-actually-quitting-facebook

I'm not going to do this, but some people might want to.

And, btw, in my family, we have four generations on Facebook!

Not joining facebook in the first place still seems the best option to me...

I find Facebook an excellent way to keep in touch with far away relatives whom I see only every five or six years, or so. I log on to Facebook and hear what they're up to, and see photos - it's great, in that respect. I ignore everything Facebook says about helping me "find" my "friends"(why would I need help finding my friends?), and the way they suggest "friends", e.g., someone I never heard of is friends with two of my friends, so maybe I want to be friends with that person too - well that just seems silly, so I ignore that also.

For me Facebook is enjoyable and serves an important purpose, but it is very aggressive, even insidious, about gathering personal information; one has to be careful.

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