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Worrying findings with Facebook survey

Facebook continues to grow as the social networking site gains millions of users every year. The site has been the subject of some scams in the past with criminals trying to gain information from unsuspecting users. Today there have been some worrying findings from a Facebook survey.

Ed Oswald from PC World is reporting that a recent survey has found that 9.5 million Facebook users in the US don’t use any privacy controls on the site to protect themselves. The 2011 Consumer Reports State of the Net Survey, found that one out of five users have a of lack security measures on their account.

Some users may be unaware that they can control the information that they share, and Consumer Reports found that two-thirds of Facebook users surveyed didn’t know that privacy controls were available.

Another part of the survey found that there are around 7.5 million users who are younger than the recommended minimum age of 13 using the site. Facebook does screen users, but you only need to put in a false date of birth to get round this.

Even worse is that a large number of these accounts are unsupervised by adults, and has led to around one million children being the victim of cyber-bullying in the last year. One way round this is to add them as your friend to keep an eye on what they get up to while on the site.

Have you got privacy measures activated on your Facebook account?

Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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