Most Facebook Users are Willing To Give Personal Information — Although crime in cyberspace continues to occur, but most people who use the internet not too dizzy with it. In fact, most facebook users are willing to tell their personal information in the most favorite social networking sites.
There have been many cases of fraud in the virtual world is revealed, but apparently not all Internet users realize the dangers of sharing personal information to unauthorized users.
At least, it made ??a number of users up in an experiment conducted IT security firm, Sophos, recently. Sophos found that 41 percent of users of social networking that was willing to share their personal information.
Sophos chose 200 random Facebook users using a fake user name ‘Freddi Staur’ (anagram of ‘ID Fraudster’). Recorded, 87 user’s invitation to respond to it, in which 82 people of which include personal information such as email address, birth date, address or telephone number.
As reported by Digital Daily, Monday (3/14/2011), that 72 percent of respondents told their email address, birth date include 84 percent complete, 87 percent provide full information about education or their workplace, 78 percent list their home address or location Currently, 23 percent include a phone number, and 26 per cent gave their instant messaging identities.
Sophos senior analyst Ron O’Brien assess these findings are very worrying. “The information provided by users that could be as valuable as credit card information. Users should be more selective in their information-sharing,” he said.
“Collecting ‘friends’ are recommended for users of social networking sites. This is related to issues of status, to see how many friends or contacts you can gather,”said O’Brien.
“The experiment was conducted to indicate to users that they should be more careful. The Internet is a door that should not be opened continuously,” he concluded.
Most facebook users are willing to tell their personal information without considering security. Foreign users also can easily find out the identity of facebook users. Some of them often gives original information about the identity on facebook.