When a MySpace Page Dies, What Happens to it?

Old profiles could pose a security risk, if hackers use information they can glean from older accounts to gain access to new ones.

 

By Alain StephensJune 30, 2016 1:07 pm| ,

How many of you logged into Facebook in the last 24 hours? That covers most of us. But what about MySpace? Xanga?

Safe to assume almost none of us. Just like everything else, social media isn’t immune to the passage of time. But what happens to all of that information left floating about in your social media of the past?

Omar Gallaga, of the Austin American-Statesman’s 512 Tech helps us travel back in time to look at what happens to our old profiles. He hasn’t used MySpace since 2007, but it’s back in the news because a data breach in 2013 put 350 million of users’ information at risk.

“I have not thought about (MySpace) or used it in years,” Gallaga says. “…It brings to mind, should I even care about that? I don’t use that password. That’s not a password I even associate with other accounts. But there are ways people can get at you using that old account that you had forgotten all about.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– How it’s more than just passwords that might be exposed

– What’s changed over time in terms of users’ savvy with security

– The hacking strategy of “social engineering” that uses information from an old profile to figure out how to get into newer accounts