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Risks of Having a Facebook Account. Immediately after the discussion in class regarding Facebook privacy, the first thing I did when I got home from school was to check the limitedness of my Facebook profile to people whom I have no connections with.

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The Risks of Having a Facebook Account Immediately after the discussion in class regarding Facebook privacy, the first thing I did when I got home from school was to check the limitedness of my Facebook profile to people whom I have no connections with. I am particularly keen with the privacy settings of my profile in any social networking site I associate my identity and email address with so the privacy check that I engaged in a few weeks ago was just to verify whether or not I have properly safeguarded my Facebook profile. What I did was to sign out from Facebook and search my name as an anonymous individual. I recognized my profile among others whom I shared a name with through my profile picture. What made my name stand out from all the other Gerard Padillas were the university and high school networks which were under my name. ...read more.

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I receive unsolicited text messages regarding cash loan offers from anonymous numbers at least once a week and I do not want the frequency of these text messages to increase. I signed up for Facebook mobile a few weeks ago but I definitely did not allow Facebook to expose my cell phone number in my profile. Come to think of it, Facebook did not give me an option to decide on this matter. It just automatically put up my cell phone number as soon as I registered to Facebook mobile. I had to manually delete my cell phone number from my contact information to revert the exposition of my cell phone number. All the other data I share on Facebook are data I share willingly to my Facebook friends. Some of these data have selected viewership. The only bigger risk of having a Facebook account which I have not yet discussed is the possibility of someone hacking into my account. ...read more.

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Schools attended/attending Visible to everyone NO 3. Degree and Major Everyone who are signed-in to Facebook NOT so certain 4. Current City Only visible to friends YES 5. Photos and Videos Only visible to friends, some of the albums are accessible to certain people only YES 6. Affiliations and Organizations Everyone who are signed-in to Facebook NOT so certain 7. Relationship Status Only visible to friends YES 8. Email Addresses Only visible to friends YES 9. Friends/Connections Only visible to friends. I opt not to display family connections in Facebook. YES 10. Interests Only visible to friends YES 11. Cell Phone Number and Home Phone Number Not shown in any social networking site I am in, only displayed in the signature of my Yahoo! Mail. YES. I only send emails to people I actually know and contacts from the partner establishments of my organization. 12. Status Messages and Wall Posts Only visible to friends YES 13. Birthday My birthday is not visible to anyone. YES. A lot of my friends do not even know my birthday because of how I hide it. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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In summary, the report is quite good. However there is a few points which need further developing which will give the more a more detailed view. The report mentions the implications of having an Facebook profile, and how a profile ...

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In summary, the report is quite good. However there is a few points which need further developing which will give the more a more detailed view. The report mentions the implications of having an Facebook profile, and how a profile could result in a person having a number of spam messages from random people across the network. The table at the bottom of the report is quite good, as this states a number of data which could be viewed by other people on Facebook. However for high marks the table could have a more detail on the section 'Am I aware of this information or not'.

Level of analysis

The report states how a person may find if difficult to 'hide' their profile on Facebook. However this doesn't state the reason to why Facebook has complicated settings. The report could mention something on the lines of 'Facebook has designed their settings in a complicated manner, as if a person were to keep all their data/information hidden, there will receive less revenue via adverts. This is quite unethical, however this is still acceptable to consumer's.' This would show the examiner the point of view of Facebook. The report states how the student used a simple password in the past, and how this made a number of his accounts on-line unsafe due to a number of potential break in's. This paragraph is quite good, as this describes what the student has undertaken in the past, and stated the reasons to why this wasn't good practice. In addition, the student states the new approach to setting passwords.

Quality of writing

The report states 'unsolicited text messages', however the student hasn't explained this technical term. An unsolicited message, is a received message which you did not give the company/person permission to send any such messages to your phone, e-mail account or other account. All technical terms should be explained within the report, to ensure that the examiner understand all aspects of the report.


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