When typing “Hacking into Facebook …” into our fellow Google search it became alarming to know my sentence was finished with passwords, messages and personal information. Posed with the question “could it be this easy?” I discovered programs free to download claiming ways to access your Facebook “friends” information. It leads me to believe anyone with brains a grudge or malicious intent could transform into a hacker.
At first there was the temptation to see if these programs could unveil the secrets of the social network, however this was soon followed by ultimate panic as I switched over tabs to try and delete any promiscuous, secret, and damaging information which may be lingering between the walls and the private. To be found looking for the delete button on my account Facebook reveals you had to submit an online request asking for the permanent deletion of your details and account.
With potential loop holes in Facebook’s privacy settings expressed by the Anonymous Group through their online video. It is daunting to know electronic pickpocketing can be exercised by the mother Facebook itself and corresponding Internet savvy citizens. As the Anonymous group have previously been responsible for cyber-attacks on the Pentagon, News Corp, and others.
The shutdown of Facebook is ultimately protesting for the privacy of users, as the Anonymous group debates “Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from all around the world.” (Message from Anonymous: Operation Facebook, Nov 5 2011, YouTube 2011)
Putting into prospective if Facebook were a country it would be the fourth largest (Social Media Marketing Revolution 2009) and for me the Anonymous Groups video release is enough to give pause. As the old saying goes everything that happens in Facebook stays in Facebook as changing your privacy settings to something a little more secluded is all but a delusion.