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Facebook breach highlights data security's 'weakest link' syndrome

Tony Bradley | June 27, 2013
Facebook disclosed that sensitive data from as many as six million user accounts was exposed thanks to a year-long glitch.

I found that there are 207 apps connected to or associated with my Facebook account in some way. Each one has unique settings to control who can see information from it and what information the app has access to. That's 207 opportunities for me to miss something or somehow screw up the privacy controls and expose data I would rather not share with the general public.

It's a good idea to review the apps associated with your Facebook account. Remove the ones you don't use or don't even remember giving access to in the first place, and then check the permissions granted to the apps that are left to make sure they reflect the way you want your data to be treated.

There will always be a "weakest link." You can reduce the risk, though, by minimizing the number of companies and apps that have access to your personal information in the first place, and spending a little time to understand the associated privacy controls and make sure you've configured your data protection to the best of your ability.

 

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