Monday, November 19, 2007

East Meets West: Myspace and Facebook

For those of you who were wondering--Facebook and Myspace are still growing technologies. Nothing about them could be considered finished. The html codes for both sites are transparent enough for most teen hackers to circumvent.
If you do not want the world to see your information or know about your kinky habits, neither place is the place to post your most intimate thoughts.

In fact, most businesses will look to see if you have an account in either place and will in some cases look deeper if they have someone on staff who has the hack codes. Scary? No, not really. Anything you put on the web is public information.

What? You are surprised by this? No matter how many terms of agreements, security tools, and promises---NOTHING is 100% safe. If someone really wants your information they can get it or they know who can.

No, really, it is true. It's that way in real life, too. That is why private investigators exist. If you know what you are doing, you can get what you want. If you don't know what you are doing, you can always pay someone who does.

Facebook users are concerned at the moment about the infiltration of ads into their site. Myspace is tired of the ads. The ads, however, are what pay for the technology, so you either live with them or pay another service to get a site with no ads. Your television has commercials for a reason---the station could not operate without the millions in advertising.

The only real difference is that on the internet, they can track you. They can track what you look at, your shopping habits, and the times you are on the web. Hidden little tracker cookies that no matter how good your filters are, still watch you.

If you want to do something, complain to congress. Make trackers illegal. Your TV still has to rely on phone calls and surveys. The government won't let anything strange into your mailbox (federal offense) so why aren't tracking cookies treated with the same tough stance?

Commerce.

Next time you have two friends arguing over Myspace and Facebook, tell them worry about the cookies, not the ads. A passive ad can be ignored just like it is on your TV, however a tracker cookie is Orwellian and big brother IS watching you.

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