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Facebook privacy settings not a fail-safe

We have talked to you before about how "digital is forever" and to assume that your personal conversations could be exposed.

Still, many of us expect a reasonable amount of privacy if we take the time to turn on privacy settings. 

Apparently, that's not good enough.

Even Mark Zuckerburg, the founder of Facebook, learned that there is no such thing as private or personal on Facebook. A small glitch temporarily allowed people to see photos, regardless of the privacy setting. 

"The good news is that Facebook seems to have fixed the issue. The bad news is, people had a false sense of security that if they locked down their privacy settings to share photos only with friends that they had that assurance," explains Cyber Expert Theresa Payton. "The glitch proved there are no 100-percent assurances."  

Here is what Facebook had to say about the incident:

"The bug allowed anyone to view a limited number of another user's most recently uploaded photos irrespective of the privacy settings for these photos...Upon discovering the bug, we immediately disabled the system, and will only return functionality once we can confirm the bug has been fixed."

HOW IT WORKED:

Facebook offers a user community reporting system where you can report inappropriate content. By making this feature available, they accidentally allowed this feature to bypass privacy settings.

WHO WAS IMPACTED?

Everyone was temporarily impacted. Even the founder, Mark Zuckerburg, had photos of his girlfriend and puppy exposed.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF:

Follow the 'grandmother rule:' If you don't want your grandmother to see it, don't post it online. 

If you need to share photos, consider using a photo sharing site and then deleting the photos after you are done.  Remember, digital is forever, so they are still around even if you cannot see them.

RESOURCES:

To keep up with the latest Facebook privacy settings go to:

https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/

To stay ahead of the scams out there, track Facecrooks on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/Facecrooks

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