madbrain wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:15 am
protagonist wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:29 pm
Once again....for those of you who are seriously worried about your FAcebook data being mined, assuming you don't post anything too personal, why are you not worried about who might have access to your Bogleheads information, where you may have disclosed intimate details of your finances, and not just what you ate for dinner or a photo of your cat? Yes, you have a pseudonym here....but jeez, why don't you have one on Facebook as well? And I'm not picking on Bogleheads specifically- my guess is that it is pretty secure, but I don't know that- how do you know who or what institutions you can trust, including this one, or who may be hacked? It seems strange to be on one open internet platform where lots of intimate details are constantly posted and at the same time worrying deeply about your privacy if you are on another. It's all the same cyberspace.
It's against the T.O.S for Facebook to use pseudonyms vs legal names. When they find out, they disable the FB account.
Indeed, you never know who can be hacked. However, financial institutions and most other sites don't have records of your your political leanings, whereas Facebook can easily figure one out, if you post anything at all to Facebook, or just from your "likes". This can be very problematic, especially in non-democratic countries if such information falls into the wrong hands.
I was kicked off Facebook for having a pseudonym last year. My pseudonym was rather ridiculous and over the top, and it took them 13 years to figure out that I might not be a real person. I thought it ironic that despite all the Nazis and pedophiles on Facebook, they chose to come after me for being a musician with a funny name. It reminded me of the Group W bench in Alice's Restaurant.
They then froze my account and refused to let me back in unless I gave them a verifiable phone number, a copy of my driver's license or passport, and a pound of flesh closest to my heart. It all made me laugh. I just stopped using Facebook for about half a year until I had a reason to want to go back (a particular need at the time requiring contact with a certain musician colleague- otherwise I probably would have just stayed off). At that point I just opened a new account with a more believable (though less fun) pseudonym, and otherwise just silly demographics. It took about 5 minutes. The fact that it worked confirms my suspicion that, as you suggested, they haven't found me yet. Not that it is difficult to find me- I do have an IP address and I post things, including photos, that would make it easy to trace at least the city in which I live and the circles in which I travel. But like I said before, why would they bother with 2 billion users, most of whom are such low hanging fruit?
If our society becomes more despotic , which I fear is a real possibility, then I suppose I am toast. But if you use Google Chrome or use a cell phone or buy books on Amazon or store data in the cloud (something I NEVER do), or maybe just post stuff like this on Bogleheads, so are you.
Regarding vulnerability, what I have posted here would probably be more valuable to data miners than what I generally post on Facebook....and if you think Mercer et al could not profile a typical Bogleheads' political leanings from the kind of stuff he or she posts here, then you are way more trusting than I am. I would back that up with a reference but it might be seen as a political post. As I stated previously, I don't do "likes" for the same reason you pointed out.
Facebook is a tool, which, like many tools, perhaps technology in general, can be used for good or for evil. And like many huge corporations, Facebook is run by a person who is arguably more concerned with wealth and power than with the impact of his business on society. How we as consumers use the technology is what is important. I like to think that I am one of the "good guys", and maybe I am even confusing Mercer. Zuckerberg, Putin et al in a small way by messing with their heads, which puts a smile on my face. (I also acknowledge that the three of them are way smarter than I am and I just hope they don't get the last laugh).