Facebook Users: Do you restrict profile access?

With Internet scams and phishing attacks becoming more and more common these days, it is quite understandable that users are now becoming less willing to share data about themselves with people they don’t know online.

As reported from iabuk.net, Ofcom research has recently revealed that at least 80 percent of 1,824 people polled revealed that they restrict their online profiles on social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook, to just their friends and family.

This is compared to just 48 percent back in 2007. In its Media Literacy 2010 report, Ofcom found that Internet users are now less willing to reveal any personal information online, but almost a quarter lack the confidence in installing security programs on their PCs.

However, an interesting part of the report says that Scottish users appear to be less worried about putting personal information online. In fact, a frightening 50 percent are willing to input their home address on the Internet and 44% are happy to enter credit card details.

There has been a bit of controversy surrounding the privacy on sites like Facebook recently. The website’s creator Mark Zuckerberg said: “We’re building toward a web where the default is social, every application and product will be designed from the ground up to use real identity.”