MySpace 2.0 Profiles.. Public is the new private
As you probably know, MySpace is probably the last social network to be recommended as a “good idea” with so many bands and ads and slow servers.. and the list goes on. Well now with “Profile 2.0” they have even made privacy a second priority. Don’t believe me? Look at your profile (if its set to private) while not logged in and you should see a message similar to the following:
Now update your profile to a 2.0 (“newer/better” edition) and then log out. Check the site once again. What do you see? Your now public profile! How this was overlooked at a company the size of MySpace boggles my mind, but whats funnier is they actually talk about it in the release like its a feature.
You may be asking yourself why I decided to investigate this? I clicked on a friends friend link on the top friends list and could see a profile that I knew should be private.. and I know she has recently updated to 2.0, as did I. So, I loaded up my page and voila, it was public. Now I have nothing to hide really, no deep secrets or gossip or anything of the sort. I actually lock my profile becuase I publish contact information for friends and family and don’t need IT Integrated Solutions getting even more ways to contact me.
I hope this is read by more people quickly as I am pretty sure people take security seriously, and this is a great example of a company basically putting it on the back burner.