IT security and data protection firm Sophos has warned Facebook
users of the dangers of blindly following Facebook's new privacy
Facebook has announced a dramatic change to the privacy options,
encouraging its 350 million users to share more information with
everybody on the internet. However, Sophos warns that some users
may not be aware that Facebook's recommendations include third
party search engines and external websites, and changes to privacy
settings that they may have previously enabled to better protect
themselves from identity thieves.
"These could be the most important clicks you ever make on
Facebook," said Graham
Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "If you don't
read carefully you could find that every post you make on Facebook,
and your personal information, is visible to everyone in the world
who has a computer rather than just your Facebook friends."
"Let's make this clear. If you make your information available
to "everyone", it actually means "everyone, forever". Because even
if you change your mind, it's too late - and although Facebook say
they will remove it from your profile they will have no control
about how it is used outside of Facebook," added Cluley.
"There's one very simple rule you should follow - if you don't
want everyone in the world to read it, don't post it on the
internet," continued Cluley. "If you dig around on Facebook you can
find out what the privacy changes mean. The problem is that most
people won't bother reading and simply follow Facebook's
recommendations without understanding how a split-second decision
could hit them hard in the future."
changes to its privacy settings on Graham Cluley's blog.