- Facebook tracks and archives every post and private message on its network. The potential for this information to come back to haunt you is almost unlimited. There are numerous examples of individuals turned down for employment due to sexually suggestive, politically controversial, or simply “inappropriate” posts. Some employers even demand access to social networking accounts as a prerequisite to employment.
- Facebook also knows a great deal about you based on your “Likes,” the links you click, and the websites you visit that send information back to it. All this information is archived and available for marketing purposes – or for investigation.
- While you can delete information on Facebook or even remove your account entirely, it’s not clear if the data is really gone. Some messages and photos may remain on its servers for “technical reasons.” As well, keep in mind that the government may apply for a “data retention” order to force Facebook and similar companies to preserve data that you might have thought you deleted.
- Facebook’s computers continuously analyze the network of friends you create, along with the messages you send them. This analysis is designed to suggest content you might like, people you might know, or stuff you might buy. We know that the NSA closely monitors the network of friends of suspected terrorists on social media. And not just friends, but friends of those friends, etc. The more friends you have, the more likely that something you post, or someone connected to one of your friends, or a friend of one of your friends, might be deemed suspicious, triggering an investigation.
- Attacks and malware aimed at social networks occur almost daily. Remember, the more information you post about yourself, the easier it is for an attacker to impersonate you and steal your identity – or pretend to be a “friend” and try to convince you to reveal information you’d prefer to keep confidential. If investigators don’t want to go through the process of asking Facebook for information about you, they can simply create a false profile and then invite you to become a friend. A prospective employer or private investigator can do the same thing to learn more about you.
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