ConsumerReports on:Social Media “State of the NET!”
Well, if you’re like me, you’ve often glanced at the glossy mag entitled “Consumer Reports” at the local supermarket checkout line…but if you’re like me you seldom every buy. I mean honestly, who needs to know the “Top 10 Refridgerator Models for 2010!” anyways….
I mean come on, eh? There’s only so much to research and once you determine how many Canadians you can stock in the “beer crisper,” how much more do you need to know, eh?
Ahh…but that’s not ALL that this well known, big-rep magazine offers to it’s readers, I’ve just learned!
Go out today and see if you can find the June 2010 issue (cover shown) and then open it up to the Consumer Reports feature story on the “State of the NET Survey for 2010!” And what a great piece of reporting that is, eh! Here’s a blurb from the report summary –
“Fifty-two percent of adult users of social networks such as Facebook and MySpace have posted risky personal information online, according to the 2010 Consumer Reports State of the Net survey. And many haven’t used their service’s privacy controls to protect themselves. According to findings from the survey cited in the Consumer Reports investigation, Social Insecurity, 23 percent of the users of Facebook, the largest social network, either didn’t know that site offered privacy controls or chose not to use them…”
And as you can tell from that comment, many many of us social users do NOT use privacy controls to protect our own information, profiles and yes, even our contacts either! While that may not be that important to users, it appears as a whole, I can assure you that it is very very important to hackers, to scammers, to spammers and to everyone else who want’s to put their hand in your pocket! We all outta be ashamed, eh! And their numbers are pretty astounding too after this national survey.
Two out of three households in the US use social sites like Facebook or MySpace, a rise of 50% in one year alone! And CR reports that this usage led to cybercrime costing $4.5 Billion (that’s with a B, eh!) US dollars in the past two years…and if Canada runs at the pretty standard 10% factor, that’s $450 Million dollars up here. And that’s sad as for the most part, almost ALL of this kind of cybercrime can be avoided via privacy protection. Here’s a quick look at some of the Survey numbers fyi…and yes it’s available here too online….
A good read should be required here….there’s a lot of great examples and yes, even samples of some of us who were “caught” by those cyberscammers and what the issues were to lead to that problem — and who paid for same in the end too. Oh, and there’s seven great tips for learning more about what NOT TO DO ON Facebook too….give that a read as well!
Consumers Report magazine…never ever bought same, but I’m going to sign up for a full subscription today, eh! Might as well learn about a fridge too, eh!Google