Part two in a series exploring security around the world’s most popular social network, Facebook.
In the first post of the series I outlined the main security settings for protecting your Facebook account. This time I take a look at a more widespread problem that’s been brought into the spotlight amidst the recent Facebook changes… Cookies! In particular, tracking and persistent cookies, not the tasty crumbly chocolatey good ones.
So what’s the problem?
One of the features that the new Timeline will introduce is easier sharing of what you’re doing around the web, news articles you’re reading, music you’re listening to, movies you’re watching. Once you’ve given a website permission to post updates to your Facebook page, under normal conditions they’ll be able to post an update about anything you do on that website at any time in the future, whether you’re logged into Facebook or not.
One caveat is that you will have to give permission to a website before it can post updates to your Facebook Timeline but we’re all guilty of clicking away a popup box without paying attention, or forgetting what we’ve clicked on over time. Another concern with this caveat is that a website may be part of a larger consortium so authorising the Daily Telegraph might feasibly also authorise the Sun and BSkyB.
Did you know Google records your search history? Something to try if you have a Google account and access to more than one PC; sign into Google on one PC, search for something and click a few of the links. Then sign in on the other PC and run the same search The links you clicked earlier are already highlighted as purple visited links. Google knows it’s you, they know what you’ve searched and where you’ve been. Spooked?
Is this a lot of effort? Not really but it is a little bit of effort. Is it worth the effort? Maybe, only you can decide what you’d be happy to share with your family and friends and the web using world at large.
As always, I hope this helps and if you have any questions please leave a comment down below…