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It’s the classic ongoing battle which has been raging relentlessly without a ceasefire since the birth of social networking – how much privacy and security (if any) do you actually have on these sites? And who wins in these areas (if anyone)?  The two top dogs currently slugging it out for the number one spot are Google and Facebook. Each both have things going for them and things going against them.

For example, Google kicks the pants off Facebook when it comes to working capital and monthly unique users. But the search engine giant falls down completely in the areas of banning the use of pseudonyms and blocking individuals from seeing a post.  Both sites are also the subject of a huge number of cyberattacks, which will put your data at risk when someone finally succeeds at breaking through.  So who has the best firewalls and site security?

It’s difficult to tell for sure who trumps who in the privacy and security battles, which is why this handy infographic from Veracode.com sums things up nicely for you to make your own mind up. Let us know what you think.  Who would you trust more with your private information?  Google or Facebook?  Or neither?  Do you think either network is improving in these areas or getting worse?

Click on the infographic to be taken to a larger version

  1. Chopsticks
    December 8, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Let's start from the top, shall we?
    Facebook profiles can be delisted from search results, should you choose. Google profiles are ALWAYS visible. Facebook has further simplified contact organization and the overall site experience greatly--proof? The ages and tech proficiency of Facebook users vary GREATLY and nobody reports any problem using it--although admit it, using Facebook never needed much of an IQ in the first place. It's taken some of G+'s best new features and provided them to us in a familiar way. And post privacy selectors are the same for both sites--you can share your post with the public, with selected 'lists' or with nobody.
    Yes, Facebook has been a target and likely will be as long as it's popular. Once Google is popular, guess who'll be getting threats.
    Google+ is the place to be if you want to be seen, if you have a professional identity online but need to keep it lighter than LinkedIn, etc. If you just want some online socializing with friends, family, classmates etc, Facebook is the place to be. I have accounts on both, I'm not picking between them.

  2. eeee@yahoo.com
    December 2, 2011 at 3:50 am

    All this is probably going to go away in 5-10 years, or evolve into something way different. I believe people will start looking for simpler ways to connect, and maybe in real life, once they start realizing that speaking to someone in private (without leaving a traec except in someone's memory) is a huge thing for humanity. Plus, I still remember joys of living in a world without internet. Everybody had waay more social life and peole were generally more open. Life WAS better then.

    • Melawe
      December 5, 2011 at 3:54 am

      Yea, social networks aren't so social if you think of it. Only helps to get addicted to a social game and add 100 people to be your neighbors. Lol. But there are some benefits, like chatting with family in other countries, better than e-mail for that.

  3. Achraf52
    November 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    No I do not agree on result Facebook is the winner as easy to use and feature rich .

  4. Henry David Salinger
    November 24, 2011 at 3:58 am

    The thing that saddens me is that most people don't care. Mark O'The Beast did a damn good job of social engineering everyone into equating privacy with standoffishness. People share things on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc., BECAUSE THEY WANT TO.

    Social media is about being "social," whatever that means in 2011 versus even 10 years ago. And apparently it means sharing is caring, there's no such thing as being nosy or even a violation of "privacy" because this is to be expected, required even.

    I don't have my "Social(ist) Media" Security number tattooed on my forehead, my driver's license, my blood type, my family heritage, my DNA sequence, everything you ever wanted to know but the Census didn't ask tattooed everywhere else on my body while I streak down the California 405 at rush hour during the holiday travel season. But I guess that's just downright rude. /eyeroll

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Ben Franklin

  5. kmarkos
    November 18, 2011 at 3:40 am

    The infographic mentions that in Google+ you can't prevent someone from seeing your public posts. It fails to mention that you can post to all of your circles but NOT publicly if you so choose. Hence the term "public" post, the opposite of "private" post. Duh.

    • Tina
      November 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out!

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