Sophos: Facebook Users Too Carefree with Personal Information

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Security firm Sophos said its Australian team conducted a study to determine how likely Facebook users were to volunteer personal information, and CNET reported that the results were a little disconcerting.

According to CNET, 41% and 46% of Facebook users contacted blindly accepted friend requests from two respective fake users created by Sophos, and the security firm was then able to gain access to up to 89% of those users’ personal data, including date of birth, e-mail addresses, schools and cities or towns of residence.

Sophos said younger users were more liberal than older ones, adding, “Both groups were very liberal with their e-mail addresses and with their birthdays. This is worrying because these details make an excellent starting point for scammers and social engineers.”