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Major Facebook Security Loophole Makes Private Walls Accessible to Everyone

July 23, 2010

Privacy, and Facebook are two words that you see in posts all to often. Today is another one of those days. I just discovered what I believe to be an unknown flaw in these settings, which allows any user to view a user’s private wall.

Here’s how:

Go to the wall of a person who currently does not allow you to do view their wall. Once you’ve done this, scroll to the bottom of the page and select Report / Block this Person. You should see the Report and / or block window as pictured below appear.

Facebook Privacy Flaw - Report / Block Screen

Facebook Privacy Flaw - Report / Block Screen

Put a check mark in the Report this person box. Now select Racist / Hate Speech in the Reason box. A new field labeled Abuse Location will appear. Select Wall. Once you’ve done this, you can click on the Use this link to report items on this profiles wall, and voila! You can now view the once unviewable Wall.

    Facebook Privacy Flaw - Wall Showing

Facebook Privacy Flaw - Wall Showing

    Facebook Privacy Flaw - Wall Showing

Facebook Privacy Flaw - Wall Showing

Now like I said above, I believe this is an unknown flaw in Facebook’s Privacy Settings, and a pretty big one. Let’s get the word out to them, and get this issue resolved!

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UPDATE: Apparently this security issue doesn’t effect all Facebook profiles, as some people are reporting they are unable to view certain user walls, and receiving the message you see below.

Tech

Can Google take on Facebook?

June 27, 2010

According to a tweet from Digg CEO Kevin Rose (@kevinrose) this past Saturday night, Google is once again making a move into social networking, and getting ready to launch the new service ‘Google Me‘ to take on Facebook, after previous attempts (Google Profiles / Wave / Buzz) have failed.

The status which has since been removed from Rose’s Twitter stream, can be found by viewing my retweet of his post: http://twitter.com/john_jordan/status/17132430837

Since Rose’s breaking news, a number of stories about Google Me have hit the web. The latest of which are now revolving around recent talk from Facebook’s former CTO and Quora founder Adam D’Angelo (@adamdangelo). D’Angelo has come out saying that Google Me is not a rumor, and is in fact a real high-priority project that a large number of Google developers are currently working on.

With all of this talk, one wonders what will come out of this. Can Google create the next big social network? Will it be more than a revamped version of Google Profiles, that integrates Buzz / Wave, and adds some other features that Facebook already has? Or will it bring something brand new to the game, and have users thinking about making the switch?

For now, it’s all up in the air, but anything’s possible.

What do you all think? Would you make the switch to Google Me (or any new social network), or is Facebook it for you? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.

Update: A video of Kevin Rose talking about Facebook competitor Google Me from his TWiT.tv apperance is now online here: View Video

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