Rogue Facebook apps can now access your home address and mobile phone number | Naked Security

Time to revisit your facebook privacy settings again:

Facebook has announced that developers of Facebook apps can now gather the personal contact information from their users.

Read more…Rogue Facebook apps can now access your home address and mobile phone number | Naked Security.

EFF – Facebook Tries to Make Violations of Terms of Use Into Criminal Violations

I used to be afraid of Google. Now, I’m more afraid of Facebook.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is urging a federal judge to dismiss Facebook’s claims that criminal law is violated when its users opt for an add-on service that helps them aggregate their information from a variety of social networking sites.

In a lawsuit against Power Ventures, Facebook claims that Power’s tool violates criminal law because Facebook’s terms of service ban users from accessing their information through “automatic means.”

Accessing information through automatic means is nothing new. Google Reader aggregates feeds from different sites. Seesmic can aggregate your social information from Twitter and Facebook and put it all in one place. Using Facebook’s argument, using something like Seesmic would constitute a criminal violation.

Read more at EFF Seeks to Protect Innovation for Social Network Users | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Facebook – How To Opt Out Of Instant Personalization

Facebook is getting bigger and sharing more info. It’s time to revisit your privacy settings and make sure you’re not opting into anything automatically.

First stop is “Instant Personalization“, which basically allows FB partner sites to gather your info. Opt out by going to your Account –> Privacy Settings, then click on the Edit Settings under Instant Personalization:

Instant Personalization

Once there, you need to uncheck the setting that allows partners to personalize their site based on your public info:

Uncheck Instant Personalization

Secondly, you’ll need to block each application (partner website) individually. This was harder to find.  Currently, there are only three partner sites. I was able to block them by doing the following:

Click on the following FB FAQ:

http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=1068#!/help/?faq=17105

This will open up the How Do I Opt-Out of Instant Personalization faq. From there, click on the partner links individually, and select “Block Application” from the left column. Remember, you have to do this for each partner:

Block Applications

Once done, you can confirm these sites are blocked by visiting the Blocked Applications section of the Privacy Settings –> Applications and Websites:

Blocked Applications

Finally, block what info your friends can share about you to partner websites by editing the settings in the What your friends can share about you page under Privacy Settings –> Applications and Websites:

Here you can edit what can be shared and what cannot. I unchecked everything so that nothing can be shared about me.

Call me paranoid, but in an age when identity theft is rampant, you shouldn’t be automatically opted into sharing your personal info.

Facebook’s New Features and Your Privacy: Everything You Need To Know – PCWorld

This is getting SCARY. So basically, unless you opt out, when you’re logged into FB, and visit a partner site (Currently Yelp, Docs.com, Pandora – but I’m sure the list will grow), the partner site will know you’re a FB user and will ask you if you want to “personalize” the site. By that they mean, they will custom tailor the site based on your “Likes” and “Recommendations” listed in FB. So they will have access to your FB “Public” data. If that’s not creepy enough, how about knowing that they will not have to delete the info they gather about you, from their servers, ever! Also, they will have access to your friend’s data, unless you’re friends specifically block the partner site.

Read more…Facebook’s New Features and Your Privacy: Everything You Need To Know – PCWorld.

Neowin.net – Microsoft and Facebook announce Docs.com a “social” Office

This could give Google Docs a run for their money. Microsoft and Facebook joing forced to do battle against Google.

Neowin.net – Microsoft and Facebook announce Docs.com a “social” Office.

Facebook Christmas Worm Spreads Holiday Infection — InformationWeek

Facebook Christmas Worm Spreads Holiday Infection — InformationWeek.

PandaLabs, the research arm of anti-malware company Panda Security, says that a variant of the Koobface worm, Koobface.GK, is being spread through the posting of malicious links of Facebook wall pages.

Attempting to play the video or to click on the links on the page leads to an infection attempt, which will compromise the victim’s computer if successful.

The links take Facebook users to a fake embedded video player that offers a Christmas greeting, in keeping with the tendency of cybercriminals to try to exploit current or seasonal events.

Why I’m Not A Fan Of Facebook

I’m still wary about social networking. I’m in LinkedIn for professional reasons, but haven’t gotten into the Facebook, MySpace, Twitter stuff. First of all, they pull crap like changing the Terms of Service without giving you a chance to opt out:

The Palo Alto-based social networking company now says in its terms of service that it will have unending and irrevocable license to use any content uploaded to its service, according to a posting on The Consumerist, a blog owned by the publisher of Consumer Reports

I don’t know who’s looking at the photos or what they’re doing with it. Besides the fact that I like some anonymity on the internet (yeah, I don’t want people, especially the  wierdos from elementary school searching my name and learning everything about me, my family, my work, etc), I don’t need companies changing the Terms of Service on the fly, especially to say they own my content forever. More info here from Neowin.net.

In general, when you put your name out on the internet, your photos, your blog, your messages, your rants…they’re there forever. They are stored on servers that are backed up constantly. What you post now, or write now, can be out there for a very long time, even if you try to delete it.  My suggestion is to stay anonymous. Use multiple email addresses, each for different things, don’t post your name, address, telephone number for all to see.