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Facebook Privacy remains as bad as ever


I think it’s become pretty darn clear that if you’re going to keep using Facebook, you can forget about Facebook helping you keep your private life private.
That all hands Facebook meeting about privacy? The results appear to have been a big fat zero.

To be exact, Facebook did introduce two new security features. Too bad they don’t work that well and neither of them addresses privacy concerns.

The first of the new Facebook security features lets you set up “Account Security” so that if you select to turn this on, you’ll be asked to name and save each device you use to log into Facebook. So, for example, I used it to sign on with my main Linux desktop, my iPad Touch, and my SUSE Linux-powered ThinkPad.

But, think about it. If someone steals any of those devices, this doesn’t stop the thief from logging into Facebook. Or, if someone manages to snatch my login ID and password, they can add their own device to the list. I don’t see how this really makes any more secure than I ever was.

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