Stay Out Of My Facebook!

// March 5th, 2007 // Blog

As a continuation of my recent entry on Facebook, i thought i would highlight this news story, which relates how information revealed via social networking sites, including blogs, can be used to commit identity fraud.

Based on this, i would suggest that bloggers avoid using their real names (at least, your full name), and remove other important details such as your age, DOB (this includes Zodiac sign), exact location, mother's maiden name and anything else which may be used to forge your identity.

This site also explains how personal details stored on Facebook may be used by third parties for dubious purposes. Thanks go to Faraz, for the heads up.

6 Responses to “Stay Out Of My Facebook!”

  1. Daniel says:

    Wise and good counsel, Z…..!

    Problem is with using pseudonyms, after a while you start to forget who you really are. I have to look at my driver’s licence now when anyone asks me how I am. Cheers.

  2. Princessa says:

    I hate to say I told you so, but I do remember expressing my ‘iffiness’ about that whole scene. But I didn’t know it went as far as identify fraud! I actually saw a boy gazing at a photo of a girl wearing a hijab…putting your picture up means having all kinds of strangers looking at you and not lowering their gaze and God knows if they live around the corner they can identify you and bam..you have a stalker on your case. Worse case scenario but these days, worse case scenarios do happen in this weird and odd human world.

  3. Faraz says:

    Assalamu’alaykum,

    I’ve never made much of an effort toward anonymity, but identity theft is a very real threat.

    After I saw that site I mentioned earlier, I went into Facebook to review the privacy policy myself. I was surprised by what I saw! They pretty much leave it wide open to exploit your personal information however they want.

    What I found most disturbing, however, was this feature called “Who’s on Facebook”, where you can find other Facebook people without joining. It basically asks you to enter your e-mail address and password so it can go fish through your address book to find your “friends”. I expected to see something saying “we don’t store your password” or anything, but there was nothing! You’re pretty much volunteering to give away your e-mail address and password to a third party website, which offers no terms on their use of the information. That’s pretty scary.

    Of course, curiosity bested me, so I created a dummy e-mail address and imported a few of my contacts into that address to see what Facebook would do with the information, to see if perhaps there was some message afterwards to say that they don’t retain your password. Nothing. I also found out that so many people I know, including old friends I had lost touch with, were all there on Facebook.. but I resisted, and remain Facebook free, alhamdolillah.

    Creepy stuff.

  4. iMuslim says:

    I have always restricted the information that is displayed on Facebook, as well as who can access my profile. I also refrained from posting a photo of myself. So i should be safe from identity fraud & stalkers, inshallah. However, i’m thinking of deleting my a/c after watching that presentation; we’ll see.

    But bloggers should be wary too, seeing as information from profiles and entries can also be used by fraudsters to rip us off.

  5. AnonyMouse says:

    As-salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatu,

    Haha… here are some Facebook-related bits of humour from Maniac Muslim!

    http://www.maniacmuslim.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=173&Itemid=49

    http://www.maniacmuslim.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=77&Itemid=49

    Enjoy! :D

  6. organicmuslimah says:

    I just found all my childhood buddies in Egypt on facebook. I am staying.

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