Facebook PhoneNumbers & Security
But this is a pretty serious FaceBook privacy breach passed on my by friend Mary, and the sooner people know the sooner they can pull their numbers.
If you’ve ever given Facebook your phone number, it is now published.
ALL PHONE NUMBERS are now on Facebook! No joke …
- Go top right of your screen –
- click on ACCOUNT then
- click Edit Friends.
- Go to the left of the screen and
- click the phone book.
Everyone’s phone number has now been published.
Please share this with your friends so they can remove their numbers when changing their personal settings.
Of course, the phone book is only published to *your* Facebook Friends…
AND every app that you’ve allowed to access your friend list now has all of their phone numbers.
This one doesn’t hit me because I never gave Facebook my phone number because I follow:
Internet Privacy Rule #1
Never Give Out Unnecessary Personal Information online.
The ONLY time you need to give out your home address or phone number is if you want someone to call you or mail something or visit.
Just because some website insists on accessing your private information does not obligate you to give it to them. If they insist, you are perfectly within your rights to lie. Give them a phony address (not the address of anyone you know). Change your birthdate, lie about your age. Yesterday I advised one of my my brothers to set up a disposable email address before divulging his real email address to someone he thought may be up to no good. And for years I’ve been telling every one I know — including my child — to lie about everything online. (Even just a postal code narrows your location down right quick.)
Think about it. I don’t have to give my identification to walk into a Canadian Tire Store, so why is it necessary online?
My computer guy advises that the best policy for Facebook is to assume that EVERY bit of information you put there will be written on a billboard for every one to see. Facebook may have privacy settings but no real privacy. Facebook lays claim to everything you put there – it belongs to them. See the movie. And realize that the movie is the sanitized glammed up version.
Online Security is spelled https
FYI: While on Facebook, look at your URL address;
if you see http: instead of https:
then you don’t have a secure session and you can be hacked.
- Go to Account|Account Settings|Account Security and
- click Change.
- Check the first setting (secure browsing)
- Re-Post for your Friends
FB defaults to the non-secure setting.
Only https offers you a secure internet connection.
Which is still not encryption.
(If you don’t want Bell using DPI to read your mail or peek in your packets with DPI, you want to go further & use encryption… which I have yet to figure out myself. I’m looking into a thing called Truecrypt.)
[Thanks Mary and Paul!]