Defending Your Privacy: Which Social Networking Sites Are Secure? [INFOGRAPHIC]

ZoneAlarm’s new infographic, “Defending Your Privacy,” ranks eight social networks based on their security, and you might not believe who gets their number one spot: Facebook.

On the ZoneAlarm scale one star is poor, two stars is fair, three stars is good and four stars is excellent. Other sites listed with four star security include Myspace, Bebo, and Orkut. Twitter and hi5 got three and a half stars apiece, Friendster got three, and LinkedIn ranked last with two and a half stars.

Social networking sites earn four stars by allowing personalized privacy settings that evolve with the introduction of new media like apps and photo sharing, and allowing users the ability to report spam messages and account abuse.

Despite Facebook’s ongoing public disputes over privacy, it gets a top, 4-star ranking due to it’s personalized privacy settings.

LinkedIn scored low because according to ZoneAlarm, “Hackers can still hijack new users’ LinkedIn profiles by ‘capturing’ cookies created by using the site and then stored on their computers.”

Among the other rankings:

  • Myspace got four stars because, “it values your privacy; in fact, it gives you complete control over your profile’s privacy settings. You can limit who can access you page or block individual members.”
  • Bebo got four stars, with ZoneAlarm saying it’s, “the only social networking site that defaults your profile to private. That setting must be manually changed in order to be public.”
  • Orkut also got four stars: “You can specify which sections of your profile are visible to whom, instead of the usual ‘blanket’ approach of allowing everyone or just friends.”
  • Twitter got three and a half stars, considered “good” because “the short messaging blog has not had the best track record when it comes to caring about users’ security.”
  • Hi5 also got three and a half stars, and is commended for having a privacy link “at the top of every page where users can set a number of privacy settings, including who can see your profile, comment blocking, and message and photo restrictions.”
  • Friendster got three stars for a ‘report abuse’ button on group and profile pages.

Overall, this infographic feels a bit scarce to me. The parameters aren’t exactly defined, and ZoneAlarm doesn’t show the exact differences between privacy settings on the sites it lists.

Nevertheless, no matter which sites you use, ZoneAlarm’s infographic is a good reminder to make sure you check your privacy settings to make sure they’re as up-to-date as you are when it comes to social networking. Check it out below!

 

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