A few comments about online privacy for Facebook

social media is about sharing

social media is about sharing

Facebook Privacy updates

Everywhere you look; there are articles about people making poor decisions about information people are sharing on sites like Facebook. The Internet is no longer a place where you can hide out easily—friends, family, and employers are present, reading your status updates and viewing pictures from last week. That’s just the beginning—the world of social networking can be a feeding ground for identity thieves and stalkers. Steer clear of these inherent dangers associated with social networking (Facebook in particular)by reviewing a few of the guides we have listed in this blog article.

Facebook

After adamant discontent from users, Facebook updated its privacy controls to be more straightforward and easier to configure.  Accordingly, we’ve compiled a few guides provide a few critical steps to staying safe on Facebook.

http://www.allfacebook.com/2009/02/facebook-privacy/

http://www.wracassociation.co.uk/Files/facebook-privacy.pdf

In a general sense, there are several top-level ideas that you can apply across social media channels to keep the information you want private, segmented to your network.  First, keep in mind that the information you share on social sites is in the public to some varying degree.  The whole point of social media is about sharing and it is designed to disseminate information across the web.  Even though you have some privacy settings, other people are viewing the content you upload.

Keeping that concept in mind, you need to determine what you are comfortable sharing and others that shouldn’t be shared via the social networks.  Here are a few other concepts to keep in mind (from Consumer Reports, via Read Write Web: link)

  1. Using a weak password
  2. Listing a full birth date
  3. Overlooking privacy controls
  4. Posting a child’s name in a caption
  5. Mentioning being away from home
  6. Letting yourself be found by a search engine
  7. Permitting youngsters to use Facebook unsupervised