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Facebook's Graph Search worries security experts
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2013 00:28:07 -0600 (CST)


By Antone Gonsalves
January 24, 2013

Facebook's new Graph Search has security experts warning people who use the social network to raise their privacy settings in order to avoid embarrassment or becoming victims of cybercriminals.

Graph Search, which Facebook introduced this month and is rolling out gradually, lets people use naturally phrased queries, such as "Mexican restaurants my friends like," and receive personalized results. The service makes a lot more useful information available to people, and it gives Facebook a new venue for selling advertising.

Unfortunately, while better search is good for Facebook and its users, it also brings more opportunities for scammers and potential embarrassment for people who are careless about their privacy settings.

Tom Scott posted on the microblogging and social networking site Tumblr queries that returned results that few people would want to be a part of. They included "married people who like prostitutes" and "current employers of people who like racism."


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