By Chris Temelkos
If you’re having second thoughts about using Facebook, you may be one of the many users leaving the popular social networking site for good. Facebook has faced a number of security issues, including a recent hole in chat functionality that allowed your friends to view your conversations, making frequent users warier and adding to Facebook’s bad reputation for lack of concern.
Deleting your account, however, is not as easy as it may seem. Facebook makes it easy to deactivate your account, but that’s only a temporary solution, permanently deleting your account takes much more effort. Users are not abandoning social networking altogether, a social networking project called Diaspora, allows users to be in control of their own personal data. The project, started by a group of NYU students has already raised over $100,000.
In order for Facebook to keep its more than 400 million users, it will have to start beefing up its security features and tending to flaws much more quickly, otherwise, this popular social networking site will continue to lose users and garner a bad reputation with the public. In the meantime, we must take our own precautions by not posting any personal information, we don’t want others to see.
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