Forget cybercriminals or data-collecting advertisers. If you’re a teen, the most likely privacy threat to your Facebook account is probably your mother.
Privacy-focused firm Truste, which certifies websites’ security, posted the results of a survey Monday of more than a thousand parents whose kids are active on Facebook. One potentially surprising statistic: 10% of those parents admitted to “secretly” logging in to their kids Facebook accounts. The study didn’t say how those parents got hold of their kids’ passwords, though simple shoulder-surfing or auto-complete functions on the family PC’s browser might do the trick.
Another 40% of parents say they regularly log in to their teen’s account with his or her permission. Overall, more than a third of parents say they look at their kids’ profile in some form at least ever day, while 85% Facebook-stalk their kids at least once a week.