WASHINGTON – Many users of Facebook are unaware of the privacyrisks from the massive social network site or fail to take adequateprecautions, a report by Consumers Reports said Thursday. The report found nearly 13 million US Facebook users do not use, orare not aware of the site”s privacy controls. An estimated 4.8 million Americans have posted about where theyplanned to go on a certain day – a potential tip-off toburglars, the report noted. And it found that 4.7 million have “liked” a Facebookpage about health conditions or treatments, details that insurersmight use against them. The report, part of the nonprofit group”s State of the Netsurvey, estimated that seven million households using Facebook saidthey had trouble last year, ranging from someone using their log-inwithout permission to being harassed or threatened. Wheel Dehumidifier
That was up 30percent from the previous year. Only 37 percent of Facebook users said they have used thesite”s privacy tools to customize how much information isshared with third parties, according to the Consumer Reportssurvey. “Facebook really is changing the way the world sociallycommunicates and has become a successful service in part byleveraging copious amounts of personal data that can be spread farwider than its users might realize,” said Jeff Fox, ConsumerReports technology editor. “Our investigation revealed some fascinating, and somedisquieting trends – but ones always worth knowing forconsumers who wish to keep their personal data under bettercontrol.” The report indicates Facebook gathers a considerable amount ofinformation from users that they may not be aware of. “Some users might be surprised to know that Facebook gets areport every time they visit a site with a ‘Like”button, regardless of whether or not they click on that button,have a Facebook account, or are even logged in,” theorganization said. Ducted Dehumidifier Manufacturer
It did give credit to Facebook for taking privacy and security”seriously” by implementing checks against abuses andinappropriate applications. But Consumer Reports said Facebook should do more by fixing”a security lapse” that permits users to set up weakpasswords including some six-letter dictionary words and to helpusers avoid inadvertently sharing status updates with the public. Consumer Reports points out that all of this data collection is notwithout risks. The report was based on a survey from January 16-31 of a sample of2,002 people. Wet Film Humidifier Manufacturer
The number of people using Facebook worldwide had risen to 901million by the end of the quarter, according to company documents. Facebook is expected to make its much-anticipated stock marketdebut in the coming weeks in a public offering which could raise asmuch as US$10 billion (S$12.5 billion), the largest flotation everby an Internet company on Wall Street.