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Facebook - what's going on with this, then?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by bassybill, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. bassybill

    bassybill The smooth moderator... Supporting Member

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    I happened to mention something about my pension fund arrangements on my Facebook wall a few days back (where my settings are such that status updates should only be visible to friends). Within 24 hours, I had an unsolicited text message sent to my phone from a company offering financial services directly related to my Facebook comment. This was the first time I'd received any communication at all on this particular topic.

    Coincidence? I think not.
  2. DwaynieAD

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    recheck your settings first and foremost, any time facebook changes anything they can reset your settings and they just changed facebook last week. Look everywhere you can, they like to hide settings all over the place, it's not intuitive at all and I'm sure this is by design. I'd go ahead and change your password too.

    Facebook sucks, but seems to be a necessary evil for band things for me.
  3. bassybill

    bassybill The smooth moderator... Supporting Member

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    Is it possible that somebody (either Facebook, or a third party allowed by Facebook, or even a third party not allowed by Facebook) can have some sort of bot crawling around the site looking for keywords or phrases that trigger related advertising messages being targeted at people who've mentioned the magic words? If so, it stinks.
  4. Passinwind

    Passinwind Charlie Escher Supporting Member

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    That's Facebook's whole raison d'etre Bill. One year clean and sober for me...;)
  5. 1958Bassman

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    I was reading a Yahoo News article about passwords and how secure they AREN'T and they made a comment that far too many people forget- "anything you don't want made public shouldn't be sent to any online site, whether it's a forum, user group or the body of an e-mail. The body of an e-mail is plain text and can be easily seen by someone who has installed a keystroke worm, so anything that's confidential should always be in an attachment. Passwords that seemed safe usually aren't and they detail how to use a temporary e-mail address when signing up for anything that requires an address. (http://10minutemail.com/10MinuteMail/index.html)

    One of the people interviewed for the article used to be a hacker and now heads his own security company. He said he comes up with passwords by blasting the keyboard with random letter, numbers and shift key hits, then he copy/pastes it to a text document before clicking the Enter button. That way, if he's in the position of someone demanding his passwords, he can honestly say "I don't know". He never keeps passwords on his computer- instead, he keeps them on a password-protected thumb drive and other password-protected places.

    I was also talking with someone at a computer store and he told me that, aside from porn sites, most of the virus activity that hits people is on Facebook.
  6. DwaynieAD

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    funny enough the last 2 times i've got a computer virus was from icanhazcheeseburger.
  7. Simo98

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    That's basically what facebook exists for. To consolidate all your personal data and information, from age to location to income to interests, into one easily accessible package and format so automated software can sift through it easier and market to specific groups.
  8. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister Supporting Member

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    *lightbulb moment for bassybill*.......So thiiiiiissssssss is why Facebook is free.

    :)

    -Mike
  9. bassybill

    bassybill The smooth moderator... Supporting Member

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    Nah, I knew it was paid for by advertising, of course. I always knew people who said "you can't moan about Facebook because it's free" were kidding themselves. And I'm used to (and happy to put up with) targeted advertising on the actual site. But I confess to being a bit mad that FB has apparently shared my phone number with someone without my permission, by whatever mechanism that has allowed that to happen.
  10. nutso42

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    Facebook's privacy status isn't reliable?? :rolleyes:
  11. bassinplace

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    I wouldn't trust it. A rule of thumb I use whenever I'm on a website that asks for personal information that I don't want them to have, I give false information. That's really the only way to protect your privacy.
  12. nutso42

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    I don't use Facebook. I was attempting sarcasm.
  13. bassinplace

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    Got it. You meant :rolleyes: instead of :eek::eek::eek:. :D
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    Yes, if you can't figure out what the product it is that is being sold, you are the product that is being sold.
  15. nutso42

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    Fixed.
    Carry on.
  16. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister Supporting Member

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    I suspect somewhere in their terms you agreed to it.

    -Mike
  17. SteveC

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    Necessary EVIL is right. I wish I didn't need to be on but until there's another option...
  18. bassybill

    bassybill The smooth moderator... Supporting Member

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    I haven't time to check this out right now. But I will do some digging and report back later this week.
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    Sounds about right. Or they've updated the privacy settings and conveniently defaulted his to "Yes, allow spammers to collect all my personal information without my permission". There was probably a notification of that at some point, but I expect it would have been dismissed along with the hundreds of other uninformative pop-ups that are all over the place.
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    [​IMG]

    So far the worst I get is all the ads to the right of the screen (which I see now also show up in your news feed) but they are so annoying... I mostly post about motorcycles and band related things, so I get the "date punk rock girls like you" and "biker dating site" ads all the time (I'm also listed as "single"). I think FB can somehow also mine what pages you're surfing if it's open while you're browsing other sites, because I get ads related to pages I've been on.

    It's creepy, but not as creepy as how many places you go that you're being watched on a camera. For simplicity's sake, lets just say everywhere.

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