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The Facebook Movie Will Prove You're an Addict

The new movie on Facebook entitled “The Social Network” released its first teaser trailer. The film, better recognized as “The Facebook Movie,” follows the early days of the world’s most powerful social networking site. It follows Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, from the creation of the website through the destruction of a friendship with his co-founders. In the process, it exposes the history behind the information sharing site that Facebook users will wish they knew sooner.

Facebook has had overwhelming success and gained huge momentum since they began in a Harvard dorm room in 2005. Their ability to get you and I to share personal information that we normally wouldn’t has made privacy a huge concern with the site.  Zukerberg has faced scrutiny recently with the privacy changes that make more of your information available to businesses on Facebook that purchase your data in order to sell to you in a more targeted way.

And here’s the interesting thing. The movie will undoubtedly make you uncomfortable about how your private information is being used, but you won’t probably change what you share. You’ve been addicted to the drug without knowing you were even taking a dangerous substance. While quitting may not be an option for you, tightening your Facebook privacy settings definitely is. Making sure that you are as safe as possible on Facebook is important to all users – especially the young ones.

With over 500 million users and a site that seems to keep growing by the month, you can’t expect everyone to be using Facebook with good intentions. It states in the teaser that “you dont get to over 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” Take steps to inoculate yourself and your family against some of the risks of social networking.

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Online Safety: The Truth About Social Media Identity Theft

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A New Study from the Ponemon Institute Reveals How Online Safety Behavior Leaves Consumers Vulnerable to Identity Theft.

Although more than 80% of study respondents expressed concern about their security while using social media, more than half of these same individuals admitted they do not take any steps to actively protect themselves. This data clearly demonstrates that while people may acknowledge that security is important, many do nothing to protect their information online.

Other key findings from the survey include the following:

  • Approximately 65% of users do not set high privacy or security settings in their social media sites.
  • More than 90% of users do not review a given Website’s privacy policy before engaging in use.
  • Approximately 40% of all respondents share their physical home address through social media applications.
  • Surprisingly, people who have been victims of identity theft are just as likely to be lax in securing their personal information online. Study results from identity theft victims and non-victims are virtually identical.

“The study results are extremely telling, especially about measures that users take, or fail to take, in order to protect their identity while using social networks,” said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. “I was surprised that those who had experienced identity theft in the past weren’t taking stronger measures to protect their identity. No matter who you are, if you want to increase social networking safety, you must take the necessary steps to protect your information.”

The best way to protect you and your children from Online threats is to educate yourself about Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other online social networking utilities.  We recently published the Facebook Safety Survival Guide (with Parents’ Guide to Online Safety) with that exact goal in mind.

Social networking is immensely powerful and is here for the long run, but we must learn to harness and control it. So whether you need to help protect your own online presence, or the reputation and sensitive data inside of your business, or to bulletproof your kids from some of the harmful forces on the web, the Facebook Safety Survival Guide should get you started.

John Sileo is the award-winning author of Stolen Lives, Privacy Means Profit and the Facebook Safety Survival Guide. His professional speaking clients include the Department of Defense, the FTC, FDIC, Pfizer, Prudential and hundreds of other organizations that care about their information privacy. Contact him directly on 800.258.8076.