Poll reveals widespread concern over Facebook Timeline

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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Whether you like it or not, Facebook is making its new profile format – known as the Timeline – compulsory.

In the next few weeks, every Facebook account will be updated with the new-look profile, presenting a scrapbook of all of your past status updates and photographs.

Facebook hopes that you might even fill in information about your life before joining the social network.

And don’t worry if you’re too lazy to keep your Timeline filled with information about your activities – Facebook apps are going to do that job for you.

Spotify, for instance, defaults to filling your Timeline with details of the last song you’ve listened to. (As if your friends were interested..)


Other “frictionless” Facebook apps will share newspaper articles you just read online or buy movie tickets, all without you having to press the “Share” or “Like” button.

So, Facebook is encouraging users to enter even more personal…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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