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07 June 2007

Social Vulnerability

I know that many of you are discussing Social Networking Services. We are all now obsessed with Facebook, Flickr, Twitter as well as Blogs. But let me ask you, isn't it risky to expose our personal info for anyone to see it. Photos, family members and friends names, daily routines, and much more, are just published and seen by hundreds, if not millions, of strangers.
Forget about those freak conspiracy theories. In fact if the CIA is going to waste its time gathering info about you and me then they must be idiots. But people with bad intentions can do various things with such info, from digitally manipulating your photos to Social Engineering.
Please watch this video to know what I am talking about.

One of the main problem with the published info online, that once it is out there, it is really hard to de-publish nor remove it.

But on the other hand, isn't it really fun to share what you are doing with your friends, I admit that despite all these concerns, I do blog and have a Flickr and Facebook accounts. I was able to find many old friends and create new ones as well from such services. Flickr made me interested in photography, and having an account there was the main motive for me to buy a dSLR Camera.

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  1. I think it is dangerous ,in fact so dangerous , I mean the only social network I am active in is facebook ,yet I am also concerned with it because it is getting bigger and bigger
    seriously I am not with revealing all about yourself from A to Z because crimes really do happen , whether from harassments to blackmailing to theft even to murder
    I am not kidding seriously the one should be careful
    by the way great topic ya Tarek

  2. You're right Zeinab, but you know, hmmmm, sometimes, no risk no fun.

  3. yeah.. and i really wish to have an answer for that..
    its really very risky!

  4. well it's not applicable on all people..and the ad didn't convince me!

    i have nothing to hide! and if i do..i'll simply not write about it! the ad is silly i say and it didn't cover the topic (which is very interesting) correctly! the girl was publishing personal stuff online..and then she's annoyed that people found out about them??? it doesn't make any sense!

    if we're going to discuss the dangerous surrounding we live in...publishing personal info online is the last thing we should be careful about work, school, the street..etc. ?

    stalkers, murderers or theives don't need facebook or hi5 to hurt someone!

    and as you risk no fun!