Help for Parents with Children and MySpace.com

Chapter 1
What is MySpace
Is MySpace.com Bad?
How will this report help me

Chapter 2
More Details on MySpace.com

Chapter 3
Preparing Yourself for MySpace.com

Chapter 4
Finding Your Child's Profile

Chapter 5
Advanced Ways to Search

Chapter 6
Create Your Own Profile

Chapter 7
MySpace Pages and Info on Them
Sample Survey placed on MySpace.com

Chapter 8
What else is on MySpace.com?

Chapter 9
Changing Privacy Settings
Removing Personal Info from MySpace

Chapter 10
Advanced Ways to Hide Information

Chapter 11
Restricting Access to MySpace.com

Chapter 12
Using Filtering Software to Block Access

Chapter 13
Common Abbreviation and Acronyms
Mature Acronyms

Conclusion
Guidelines for Parents and Teens

References for Parents

 

Chapter 10: Advanced Ways To Hide MySpace Information

Using HTML/CSS and Other Tricks to Hide Information

Since the profiles on MySpace.com are HTML pages and can be altered to customize them, they can also be altered to hide information. CSS or Cascading Style Sheets are lines of computer code telling the web browser how to display the particular page. These codes can alter the information shown in a MySpace.com profile.

Pimpwebpage.com offers CSS suggestions for the following:

Hide the “Add Comment” Link
Hide “Age, Sex, Location” info
Hide Blogs
Hide Comments
Hide Contact Table
Hide Details
Hide Friends
Hide General Info
Hide Last Login
Hide Links
Hide Search Form
Hide Top/Bottom Links

There are Ways around Hidden Objects

Unfortunately, the reality is since there is a way to hide items using CSS, then there is a way to show that information even when individuals have hidden it.

The procedure to do this is: View a profile, write down the number at the end of the “FriendID” in the address bar

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=XXXXXXXX


This number can then be put into the various addresses for the comments page and friends pages:

For comments:
http://comments.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.HomeComments&friendID=ProfileCode

eg:

http://comments.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.HomeComments&friendID= 72513167

For blogs:
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=ProfileCode

eg:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID= 72513167

For friends lists:

http://home7.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewfriends&friendID=ProfileCode

eg:

http://home7.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewfriends&friendID= 72513167

For this reason, I don’t recommend using CSS or another way to simply hide information. The only way to be safe is to remove inappropriate information from the profile completely.