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Facebook Knows Everything About You, And If You Don't Believe Us Here's Proof

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Facebook Knows Everything About You, And If You Don't Believe Us Here's Proof

Post by Lighterside on Wed Apr 23 2014, 13:10

If you're a FB user, you might want to read through this article on how easy it is to glean personal information from your page.  You have to go to the link because they have screen caps from Digital Shadow there that I can't seem to copy here (NICKY80: I copied it in the text for you), that gives you examples:

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Facebook Knows Everything About You, And If You Don't Believe Us Here's Proof

A marketing stunt for the upcoming Ubisoft game "Watch Dogs" is inadvertently allowing users to check how well they've set up their Facebook privacy settings.

The campaign called "Digital Shadow" requests permission to access a user's account and then pulls information to build a comprehensive dossier of the user as if he or she were an assassin's target. And we do mean comprehensive.
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They know me too well.

Digital Shadow first shows users the photos they've tagged as public, then it moves on to examine their friends. It shows users which of their Facebook friends they interact with most, which interact with them the most, which they don't interact with at all, and (gulp) which friends they've been stalking that haven't been stalking them back. (Those who've been keeping tabs on their exes should avoid this section at all costs.)
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A breakdown of when I'm most active on Facebook.

Digital Shadow doesn't stop there. It breaks down when users are most active on Facebook and where in the world they're most likely to be found. It also provides a potential salary based on educational level and job title, as well as a breakdown of possible passwords that could be used to hack their accounts.

It even creates a sort of character profile based on their activity. (It labeled me as a potentially hostile enemy, and it called AdWeek writer Kristina Monllos one who possesses "a bleak outlook that could be manipulated for future gain.")



Some potential passwords generated based on my friend list and interests. (You're not even close!)

But this marketing campaign is only as effective as users' privacy settings are ineffective. I, for example, don't have many settings turned on because I prefer to monitor my profile myself. That's why my Digital Shadow profile was full of information on me, but others, like Yahoo's Rob Walker, had a more sparse profile because of stricter privacy settings.

While undoubtedly a clever marketing ploy for a game that allows you to "hack into anyone's life," the Digital Shadow tool is fascinating for anyone posting information to Facebook. And it may very well encourage users to take their online privacy settings a little more seriously.

"Watch Dogs" will be released for PC, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 on May 27.

Head over to the Digital Shadow tool to see your own horrifyingly detailed breakdown, then update your privacy settings ASAP.


Last edited by Nicky80 on Wed Apr 23 2014, 20:17; edited 2 times in total (Reason for editing : added pics)

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Re: Facebook Knows Everything About You, And If You Don't Believe Us Here's Proof

Post by Nicky80 on Wed Apr 23 2014, 20:06

Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked 

scary...I hope this will be available in Europe soon too.

"I, for example, don't have many settings turned on because I prefer to monitor my profile myself. "

Me too. Nobody can see my wall or see pics. 
I only use it to stay in contact with friends who live outside my country that's all.

To be honest I never really use it much. If FB would a be an item it would sit dusty on my shelf  Razz  Razz  Razz  Razz 
 

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Re: Facebook Knows Everything About You, And If You Don't Believe Us Here's Proof

Post by Lighterside on Thu Apr 24 2014, 00:16

Oh thank you so much Nicky!  Thumbs up! 

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Re: Facebook Knows Everything About You, And If You Don't Believe Us Here's Proof

Post by Picachu on Thu Apr 24 2014, 04:31

Can anyone tell me how you get your pictures private on Facebook

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Post by Nicky80 on Thu Apr 24 2014, 08:53

Good question Picachu...I did it looong time ago and now the settings have changed how to do it. But I had a look and I think this is a way to do it. Hope that helps.

How do I edit the privacy settings for my photo albums?

To edit the privacy settings for photo albums you've posted:

1. Go to your Timeline and click on the Photos section
2. Click the Albums section
3. Use the audience selector tool under each album to control who can see your photos

Audience selector tool looks like that (is this little wheel)



and when you click on it this window opens where you can select:



A few important notes:

The privacy setting for your Cover Photos album is always public.
If there's a photo of you in an album that someone else posted, only the person who posted it can change the album privacy. If you don't like the photo, you can remove a tag or escalate the issue.
If you share a high resolution photo or album with someone, that person will be able to download those photos.
Unlike other photo albums you create, you can choose an audience for individual photos in your Timeline Photos and Mobile Uploads albums. Each time you post a new photo, you pick who sees that photo using the audience selector.

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Post by What Would He Say on Thu Apr 24 2014, 10:40



Thanks Lighter, as I said before about FB...if your Country invented it, there would be a revolution...

Hashtag - whatever happened to the post/letters ...

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Re: Facebook Knows Everything About You, And If You Don't Believe Us Here's Proof

Post by Joanna on Thu Apr 24 2014, 10:50

Thanks Nicky for all that info about FB pictures.
You're excellent at explaining things.    flower

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Re: Facebook Knows Everything About You, And If You Don't Believe Us Here's Proof

Post by Katiedot on Thu Apr 24 2014, 12:14

I'm not convinced that facebook knows EVERYTHING about me, but it does know everything I tell it, which is a lot. It's algorithms still aren't all that great but will improve over time and that does worry me.


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Re: Facebook Knows Everything About You, And If You Don't Believe Us Here's Proof

Post by Carla97 on Thu Apr 24 2014, 14:38

Never heard of digital shadow before…well I don´t use fb, but exists elsewhere too. Good stuff.

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Post by Nicky80 on Thu Apr 24 2014, 15:36

Thanks Jo  Give Flowers 

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Re: Facebook Knows Everything About You, And If You Don't Believe Us Here's Proof

Post by LornaDoone on Thu Apr 24 2014, 18:50

Well if Facebook could tell me when my crappy neighbor is going to be hammering on the walls after midnight so I could plan for it that would be nice! HA!

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