Anti-Spyware Should Adapt a New Role: Anti-Social-Media-Spying

the spy inside your social networkI think it will become one of the major issues of our generation: un-ethical infiltration of your life by social networks.

Tech writer Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols recently called attention to the myriad ways that Facebook can invade your privacy. He also pointed attention to the difficulty faced even by knowledgeable users of social media in keeping up with all the blaze of privacy holes that you should be constantly plugging and monitoring.

So why can’t the anti-spyware shops step into this breach and make a ton of money?  Or have they and I don’t know about it?   Anti-spyware should not limit itself to blocking those shadowy and nefarious malware programmers.  It should now get people like Facebook and Google in it’s sights.  Regular updates, regular control of all the privacy issues we face in using social media…and a plain English explanation for the victims: namely everyone.

If you know of any software company doing something like this, post it in the comments.

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3 Responses to Anti-Spyware Should Adapt a New Role: Anti-Social-Media-Spying

  1. There were a few tools that would help you plug the holes, but they have all seemed to kind of fall behind, then catch up, and then fall behind again. I guess new privacy holes open quicker than you can shake a stick at them.

    Reclaim Privacy
    http://www.reclaimprivacy.org/

    SaveFace
    http://www.untangle.com/Products/SaveFace

    My personal policy is to just not social share anything that I wouldn’t want on the front page of the local printed newspaper that my mother, neighbors, and community at large read on a daily basis.

  2. This is a related article and a source of a great quote, “They ‘trust me’. Dumb f***s.” — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

    http://www.businessinsider.com/well-these-new-zuckerberg-ims-wont-help-facebooks-privacy-problems-2010-5

    • ross says:

      Great quote. Or at least “revealing.” Great might be the wrong way to characterize what Zuckerberg said.