On 2012-03-21 02:40, Daniel Hollande wrote:
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This is off-topic, so I'll be brief. I signed up with Facebook only
for the purpose of looking up someone else. I've done nothing else
on Facebook, but ever since I've been bombarded with "friend"
requests mostly from people I've never heard of. Not only that, but
I get similar messages from Linkedin (which I haven't joined) and
most of those are spam.
It's a fair point. Increased connectivity does appear to have an
undesirable by-product of compromising privacy. Some sites, like
Facebook, are caught in the media somewhat often for making
sensitive information more easily available.
However, information can be hacked from many quarters, not
just from social networks. Many of us have to enter our details to
use the services of many sites and it's very difficult (but not
impossible) to pass through the internet without giving out any
My own personal view is we can't ever be 100 percent sure that we
are safe online, yet it is best to be prudent and cautious. If
part of the strategy is not signing up to Facebook, then, fair
enough. Otherwise, if a person wishes to be absolutely safe, don't
use the net at all.