Bye Bye Facebook

Posted: December 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: personal, privacy | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

I will close my Facebook account for good on the 31st of December 2014. It is no secret that Facebook is bad for your personal information and ultimately leads to security problems (shameless promo of my own research e.g. 1,2,3). Originally I intended to close my account once I am done with my PhD. One year later it is finally time to say bye bye Facebook.

Some advice on saving your Facebook data before you close your account:

See you guys offline!
markus

*SNOOB might stop working soon, once Facebook rolls out the Graph 2.0 API.

Social Snapshots and Gephi

Posted: September 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: personal, random, research, security | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

We will present a new tool to extract the complete account information from social networks, like Facebook, at this years’ ACSAC.
More information on the social snapshot project are also available here:  Social Snapshots: Digital Forensics for Online Social Networks
Currently I am looking for ways to visualize extracted data from Facebook. Gephi is a graph visualization tool that looks very promising for creating fancy graphs. Below are two graphs I created with Gephi on my Facebook data (extracted with a social snapshot of my account).

Download Gephi examples on my FB account data (pdf)

The first graph outlines how my Facebook Friends are connected with each other – the bigger the Graph nodes – the more connected is a given friend with other FB friends of mine. The second graph outlines who tags whom the most – on pictures amongst my FB friends.