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July 24, 2012Net Nanny for Android 2.0
Mar 26, 2013
social network monitoring;
We have been warned time and again about posting too much information on the Internet and on Facebook. The Internet has a life-long memory, we've been told.
Now Facebook is capitalizing on this fact with its new feature: Graph Search. Graph Search is still in beta, but is expected to be available later this year.
Basically, Graph Search takes everything you’ve posted on Facebook and makes it searchable.
Example: Graph Search allows you to more efficiently search your list of friends for things such as your friends in [city] who like [restaurant]. Graph Search will scan your list of friends and identify those in that city who ‘liked’ that particular restaurant.
At first glance, this seems like a fairly benign feature that could provide useful info. The frightening part is that you can also ask it to search the friends of your friends, and any profiles with a privacy setting as “public.” This fact could make it very useful for someone to exploit you.
The list of those who are excited about Graph Search includes:
Facebook says this about Graph Search: “Like adults, minors can appear in search results. Some things, like their school, current city, hometown or birthday may only be visible to their friends, or friends of their friends who are also minors.”
If you are friends with a minor, they will not be excluded from your search results. This is ok if the minor trusts all of their FB friends; however, given the tendency of sexual predators to add young, naïve teens on Facebook, there’s no guarantee that information will stay private.
Warning: don’t let your teen add “friends” s/he doesn’t know on Facebook.
What can be done?
If you’re worried about your child posting inappropriate things on Facebook, consider using Net Nanny Social, our new parental control software which has the ability to monitor your teen’s social network activity and much more.
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