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Discussion in 'Australia' started by kerrari, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. kerrari

    kerrari F1 World Champ
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    I've just cancelled my Facebook page because it was obvious from the 'people you might know' popups that 'someone' had been fishing in my email contacts and or my webbrowsing. One of the suggestions was someone I know slightly from this forum but that's the only connection, the person is not in any of my contact details, so I can only assume Facebook has somehow drawn a connection between us due to common usage of Fchat.
    I was never keen on Facebook and posted no details or pictures of myself (joined at the request of my HK sisters-in-law) but this creeps me out...
    I don't have anything to hide but its still creepy; some people who attend sites they'd rather others didn't know about should probably be very creeped out.
    If any of the IT nerds have any comment on how to make sure all links are severed (apart from just cancelling the account), I'd be glad to hear!
     
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  3. Gleggy

    Gleggy Formula 3

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    And rightly so to. You would only have to meet some of the people on this site on a dark night and it would be enough to scare the milk off your cornflakes!
     
  4. alexm

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    VERY strange indeed.. normally the "people you might know" populated by either your contacts list/msn etc and by other in-common FB only links, eg listed as same school, friends of friends etc.

    As it is FB generated this can't be done by some "outsider" action.. nor can FB auto-magically draw the link from a random website such as fchat, perhaps you freaked out little too quickly?
     
  5. Aircon

    Aircon Eight Time F1 World Champ

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    I've noticed the same thing. people who i've never heard of coming up as possiblilites. sometimes i see mutual friends, so it sort of makes sense, but sometimes i wonder at the connection.

    occasionally, phil hughes' name comes up. that makes me laugh.
     
  6. Kelsa

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    but does that person have you in their contact details, i.e. an email address perhaps he saved, or anything else.

    e.g. person A and person B both on facebook, but they haven't added each other. Facebook would take two actions to see if those two might know each other. 1) by the number of commen friends they have, obviously the higher the number, the more likely you two might know each other; or 2) even if person A don't have person B in their contact list, but as long as person B has person A's, then both A and B may have each other's page shown in "people you might know".

    there are certain measures you can take to beef up the security, its all in your account privacy settings. You can make your profile unsearchable, or even completely hidden. But once again, you're on the internet, you're not that safe. IMO, just live it up :D
     
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  8. Kelsa

    Kelsa F1 Veteran

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    perhaps i should add him when i'm not working :D
     
  9. Arvin Grajau

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    if you are surfing Facebook,do the people know that you have viewed their page?
     
  10. Kelsa

    Kelsa F1 Veteran

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    i believe there is an application (add-on) that allows you to do that. but most people put their page as private so only (friends can view), so there is not much of a point for having the application.
     
  11. Arvin Grajau

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    what about those whom don't,have the private only?
     
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  13. wax

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    Holy Cow - those are the exact words Judas said at the Last Supper!
     
  14. Jonny Law

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    It's a big database of names and common bits of data all thrown together and filtered out. The whole point of FB is to find the commonalities between people and put them together. Either by interest, hometown, school, or "favorite websites".
     
  15. alexm

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    No.
     
  16. SPEEDCORE

    SPEEDCORE Four Time F1 World Champ

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    #13 SPEEDCORE, Jul 15, 2009
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    I wouldn't be alarmed. That's how facebook works. Its like 6 degrees. If any of your friends has this person as a friend then they will pop up. How many fchat friends did you have?

    You can set it under the privacy settings to not let anyone see your details, not even friends.

    The only sure way of not leaving any evidence is not using the internet at all ;)

    A more realistic approach would be to set the settings to "no one" or use a fake name so you can still communicate with people and not be bothered by anyone.

    I usually look at friends friends lists :eek: haha.
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  17. goober

    goober F1 World Champ

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    awwww shucks....i wanted your current address..............to give to phil!
     
  18. b27

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    Mmmmm, PP, friends, same sentence :confused: ;)
     
  19. kerrari

    kerrari F1 World Champ
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    I had all the privacy stuff ticked; and yeah it was probably some of the 'friends of friends' connections I didn't fancy. Anyway, I don't think it added anything to my life, so it's gone.
     
  20. FFOUR

    FFOUR F1 Veteran

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    I just add anyone and everyone, the more friends I have on Facebook the cooler I am....apparently.
     
  21. fivesix

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    im your fan, it makes me appear cooler, not to mention the women love it...


    and to RB, no - they cant...
     
  22. supersqualo

    supersqualo Karting

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    facebook...................argh!!!

    people can find you especially those irritating relatives, long best forgotten
     
  23. AKA

    AKA F1 Rookie

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    Never added me as a friend :(

    Oh wait, I know why...
     
  24. Aircon

    Aircon Eight Time F1 World Champ

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    I bought my own.
     
  25. Paul308GTSi

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    .......... quite right ! .................and it searches for other stuff. We had Facebook as an option for the basis of a uni assignment. Some of us found that if you play the "Mob Wars" game well (that is use your money wisely) you will start to get e-mails from banks and banner ads in FB promoting loans. Lets face it FB sells some information , , FB is not a giant charity organization set up to let everyone chat for free.

    oooohh .. if you want to loose the ads from banks simply loose money, spend like an idiot in the Mob Wars game and they will go away mysteriously. LOL !

    I think K needs to worry more if she has an American Express card , , we have been told they have all records for all transactions ever made , where , when , how much , time of day , what was purchased ..... now there is a database on your life if ever there was one.

    :)
     
  26. Paul308GTSi

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    You mean I could have "friends" ???

    WOW !
     
  27. Aircon

    Aircon Eight Time F1 World Champ

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  28. Horse

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