Facebook exposes some emails and phone numbers – Big Deal!
June 25, 2013
By Roger Thompson

Hi folks,

Over the weekend, FaceBook disclosed that a bug in their code had accidentally leaked some six million email addresses and phone numbers over the course of about a year. While the majority of the comments on FaceBook’s Mea Culpa page indicate outrage and worry, in my opinion, no one should be in the least bit surprised.

By this, I’m not implying that FaceBook is unprofessional in how it codes its website, or that it is unconcerned about its users’ privacy. It’s simply a tough job, and humans make mistakes.

You see, security and functionality tend to exist in an inverse relationship. The more functional you make something, the less secure it tends to be. Users demand functionality, even if it involves chasing imaginary chickens around a screen, so FaceBook builds for functionality, and leaks like this are a natural consequence. You can have great security, or you can have great power. Pick one.

The bottom line is that you shouldn’t put anything up on FaceBook that you wouldn’t want your boss, your mom, your spouse, or your kids to read or know, because chances are very good that at some point, it will be read by those very people.

Remember, what happens in Vegas stays … on FaceBook forever.


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