Recently Ashyley of CyberNet News wrote about how someone else can view a MySpace profile’s picture even if the profile was set to private. Apparently, MySpace has fixed this issue.
But, a few weeks back I came across an interesting post at SlickMania about another site named MySpacePrivateProfile.com. As the name implies, all you need to do is paste the friend id from a MySpace profile and it lets you view private pictures from anyone! Says a lot about MySpace security, huh? The sad part is, you don’t even need a MySpace account or be logged in to view someone else’s private pictures!
I didn’t want to link to a site that couldn’t have been designed with good intentions and give them some link juice! It already has a Google PR 2 & Alexa ranking in the 120,000s. It is indicative of the traffic this site is attracting.
I did want to make sure my readers were aware of this security hole and the false sense of security the ‘private’ feature in MySpace might give you. If you have a MySpace account and have pictures that you think are private, think again.
A good rule of thumb would be to just not to trust any site with pictures or videos that you wouldn’t want someone else to see, however private that website proclaims those to be.
With a lot of people coming here to find out how to unblock a blocked website and searching for information on myspace, bebo, etc., I figured it might be worthwhile to share this information here.
Even if you don’t use this, spread the word to anyone you know who uses MySpace.
Now, don’t forget that MySpace has launched new MySpace Private Profiles 2.0.
Read on to see how they have addressed this issue and the new features offered.