Archive for January, 2011
Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
Facebook is an amazing social networking tool. It allows you to connect with people from your past that you thought you’d never talk to again. Not only is everyone you know on Facebook it seems like more and more people are using Facebook to plan events and get togethers. It may replace other sites like Evite. While there are many good points to Facebook there is a downside as well.
- Uncheck the instant personalization box. If you go under “Apps and Websites” you will find the “Instant Personalization” setting. This allows Facebook to share your likes and dislikes with other websites.
- Turn off the public search function. If you do this it means that people from your high school or past cannot search for you. If you are okay with that then turn this off. Every time someone searches your information they will get a preview of your Facebook page even before you accept their friend request.
- Adjust the privacy settings to block your phone number. This may or may not be that important depending on who you allow to see your Facebook page. If it’s only your friends then maybe they already have your phone number and you don’t care, but if it’s open to everyone that means that anyone can have access to your phone number.
- Block your contact information. Go under privacy setting and block your contact information to be visible to only you. If someone needs your address, they can send you a private message and you can respond the same way.
- Beware of the information you are giving out on your posts. If you post that you are going on vacation on one post and on some other post you mention your school or neighborhood someone may be able to put the pieces together and figure out where you live and rob your house while you are out of town.
- Don’t click the universal “like” button on websites. Many websites are advertising on Facebook now. While shopping on a site you may see the Facebook “like” button and they may try to entice you to click it by saying you could win a prize or get a discount. If you click it then they have your information from Facebook and they post an ad on your Facebook account so everyone knows that you’ve been to that website.
- Block Facebook partner sites: While turning off the instant personalization removes your information from these sites it does not stop your friends from sharing your information. You need to go to each partner site and block your information.
- Watch future Facebook updates: Any new updates involving your privacy tend to default to “public” information and you have to manually go in and set them to private.
- Make sure your privacy settings are limited for photos. I’ve seen a lot of photos on Facebook, which would not be good for a future employer to see or the pastor of your church etc.
- Hide your list of friends. No one needs to know whom you have chosen to have as a friend on Facebook, but you. These lists are how Facebook encourages people to add new people because several of your friends have mutual friends whom you might want to be friends with too.
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