- Posted May 16, 2012 by
St Louis, Missouri
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Living without Facebook?
High Security Risk
To me, Facebook was made for people with big ego's and full of self-importance, who believe that other people really care about their daily lives.
All I've seen is people trying to out do each other by having the most 'friends", which are really people they know of, but can hardly be classified as a friend. Instead of the once a year "State of the Family" Christmas newsletter, or boring your guests with the photo album or movie slideshow of the family's last vacation, Facebook is just a perpetual year round equivalent of the same thing. I don't care to broadcast my life to the world, nor do I really care what other people do in theirs.
As a computer security analyst, I found that Facebook is a huge security risk. I've seen many accounts of people who had their home burglarized because they announce to everyone when they will be away on business or vacation. This has also lead to identity theft and scams, because all the information that anyone needs to steal your identity is provided in one place. This has also caused countless numbers of people lose their jobs because things about you and your activities are best kept to yourself and perhaps a few close trusted friends. Many, many people have been denied jobs because of Facebook.
The secondary reason I don't have a Facebook account is that its primary purpose is to data mine all your information to make money for the company. You are just allowed to use the site to post photo's and your private information in exchange for it. I noticed that every few months the Terms of Service is changed to give more access to your private information to Facebook. Only a small percentage of people are quick enough to change their profile to block them from gaining access to your information without any restrictions in its use.
It will take the totally clueless sheep years to realize what they have given up to be given the honor of posting on this site.