What really alarmed me was the disclosure of the networks I am in. In hope of removing these labels from anonymous searches, I tried tweaking my privacy settings and the settings in my networks tab only to discover that there is no way for one to hide the networks one is enlisted in when one’s profile is not completely obscured from searches. I have long thought of applying the option to completely hide my Facebook profile from anonymous searches but the possibility of friends whom I have lost connections with to be able to locate me keeps from employing this safety feature. I also do not want to leave the two networks I am in, especially my primary network, since I am proud that I am a student of the University of the Philippines.
Another thing that startled me was the revelation of my cell phone number in my contact information. Although this information is only exposed to my Facebook friends, not all of my Facebook friends are people whom I want my cell phone number to be shared with. 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. Not long ago, I used a universal password for all accounts I had online – Facebook, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, Friendster, Skype, Multiply, Tumblr, Twitter, Formspring, online games and everything else. What made my online accounts more assailable was the simplicity of my password. It was a word on the dictionary, it contained no other characters other than letters, and it was all in lowercase. Considering the past vulnerability of my online accounts, fortunately, none of my accounts were ever hacked by a real cyberpunk. What made me modify all the passwords of my accounts individually was when my close friend was able to get into my accounts just by guessing my password. What my friend was able to do made me realize how susceptible I was to online crime.
Now that I am no longer a minor, I have to become more responsible and vigilant when it comes to my online security. I know that as person of legal age, I become more liable in a lot of aspects in life. I need to screen the information I share as well as the individuals who can access everything I post.
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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.
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.
Response to question
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'.