Anonymous Facebook Employee Spills Company Secrets; Reveals How Unsafe Your Data Really Is
You've locked down your Facebook profile so that only your closest friends and family can view its contents, so you're safe from prying eyes, right? Wrong! An interview on TheRumpus.net with an anonymous Facebook employee shows just how unsafe your information is, even your private messages to other members.
Amongst the items the employee revealed are:
- Facebook has 200 to 220 million active users, and more than 300 million total acounts, which includes disabled accounts and potential fakes.
- As of a few months ago, Facebook records and archives info on whose profile you view.
- The employee is aware of at least two co-workers that were fired for abusing their access to profiles. The employee admits that she also inappropriately accesses profiles.
- At one point, Facebook employees used a "master password" which unlocked access to anyone's account. Apparently use of the password ahs been "deprecated", or in other words, "discouraged". This implies it may still exist or work. Wondering what the password was? The employee says "With upper and lower case, symbols, numbers, all of the above, it spelled out ‘Chuck Norris,' more or less. It was pretty fantastic."
- Nosy Facebook employees can find your Facebook messages by just querying the database. They are supposedly stored in a database, whether deleted or not. This means they don't even have to log into your account to read your messages.
- The master password has been replaced by a system that makes Facebook employees log a justification for viewing users' private profile data, however the employee says that managers are not "on your ass about it".
If just this one employee was able to and admits to inappropriately accessing other users' data, then the problem is likely widespread at Facebook.
Worried about what Facebook employees or other unscrupulous individuals might one day find on your Facebook account? Don't put anything out there that you wouldn't be comfortable with having exposed to the entire world.