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How To Stay Safe On Facebook

How To Stay Safe On Facebook

Every day, an average of 250,000 new users join Facebook.  Almost all of these people join to keep up with friends and family.  However, it is inevitable that a select few do use the social media platform for malicious reasons.  It is important to stay safe when you are using social media.  Safety is something everyone should keep in mind and not just kids.

Personal Information

Personal information should stay personal.  Your phone, address and date of birth are things only your friends and family should know.  You do not need millions of people on Facebook being able to access this type of stuff.  You never know if someone will use it to track you down or steal your identity.  Unfortunately, one of the downsides of technology is that everyone needs to be a little paranoid.  This will help to keep you safe as you navigate the waters of the worldwide web.

Be Careful With Photographs

You want to make sure that only your friends and family can see your pictures.  This is especially true with pictures of children.  Some people use children’s photos for reasons most people cannot comprehend.  There have also been instances of companies finding good family photos to use for commercial purposes without that family’s consent.

You also want to keep other types of photos off of Facebook.  A good rule of thumb to have is that if you would not show the photos at a job interview, keep them off of Facebook.  You do not want pictures of you drinking, doing something illegal or partying to be seen by potential employers or others that could use them against you.  Keep it clean and think for a minute before posting a photo in your photo albums or on your wall.

Nothing on Facebook is Private

You can set your privacy settings to the max, but if someone really wants to see what is on your profile, there are ways to see it.  Keep this in mind when you are posting anything.  Keep all information you do not want everyone to know off of Facebook.  Things like personal drama, compromising photos and identifying information should stay off of social media.  Your privacy settings are also important if you’re running a fanpage that’s linked to your personal profile or if you plan to buy Facebook fans or likes and increase the traffic to your profiles.

Your Location

While adding your city seems harmless, it can put you in a dangerous predicament.  If you must list your location, simply list your state only.  If someone wants to find you, it will be a lot more difficult if they only know the state that you live in.  You should also refrain from posting things that could indicate where you live.  Posting something about going to Wal-Mart is fine because this store is all throughout the United States.  However, posting things about a local cafe or bakery can lead someone right to your town or neighborhood.

You also want to refrain from posting things that mean your house is empty.  For example, save the vacation photos until you are already home from vacation.  You never want people to know when you will be away from home.  While your friends likely will not rob your home, others may take advantage of the fact that your house is empty.

Chris Spencer loves to use Facebook for marketing and enjoys writing about Facebook for personal and business use. 

Don’t Tell Facebook Anything You Wouldn’t Want Grandma To Hear

When Facebook made its timeline profiles mandatory, many users cringed as they relived past relationships and embarrassing nights out. So did all of their friends and family, who could now see what was probably best forgotten. Suddenly, it became apparent just how well Facebook remembers. It remembers that time you “liked” Budweiser, and it remembers you joining the “Bring Back Sailor Moon!” group when people still joined Facebook groups. Chances are, those memories are still haunting the side of your newsfeed.

Facebook makes most of its money from advertisers. In 2010, the company violated its own stated privacy policies by selling user information to vendors to help target their sales. Some users found this out when they saw their own smiling faces next to advertisements for products they “liked”.

This trend is particularly unnerving to parents. More than five million Facebook users are under the age of 13, and their “likes” are already being tracked.

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Facebook Privacy: Your Embarrassing Moments on Facebook

 

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Everyone has those moments on Facebook that are just embarrassing. A bad photo is posted. You have to deal with saying the wrong thing to the wrong person. You make a statement and wish you just had not. The bad news is that now, these messages are able to be collected by a new application and displayed, again, for everyone to see.

In a time when Facebook privacy settings are all important, it has become increasingly necessary to pay attention to the specifics of each setting or security measure provided. Some Facebook users are now learning the hard way that these messages, those all embarrassing ones that you hoped would get lost in the Facebook stratosphere, are popping up again.

A new website is now able to pull posts from the wall of various Facebook users in an effort to expose them. The website is located at YourOpenBook.org. The application on the site that is in question is Facebook Search. As the name implies, the feature allows users to search through the site for various reasons and with various methods.

One of the ways in which the application is working is by posting messages on the site from Facebook users who are brazenly bragging about playing hooky from school or work. Have you ever said something about your boss? Perhaps you made a comment about your coworker to another coworker thinking they would never learn about it. These are all things that could get you in trouble if they make it to FacebookSearch and on the site.

Perhaps you are like another group of Facebook users who posts information that is all too personal. If you are guilty of posting “too much information” on any subject, keep in mind that it is not just your followers on Facebook that are going to have to deal with it. Now, this search feature can easily pull information off the site and place it on the web.

Who are these people? While it may seem that the developers of such an application are after you or are being malicious with the way that the site is designed, they promise they do not have malicious intentions. So, why do it?
One of the reasons why the group has put together the website is to offer the world of Facebook users some way to teach others. There are plenty of naïve Facebook users that really have no idea what their security settings are nor are they conscious about what they put up on the site.

What is the moral of the story? Perhaps what people can take from this exposure through FacebookSearch is that they should take the time to learn what their privacy settings are and to adjust them accordingly. Further, realize that what you say on a social networking site like Facebook, does become public knowledge in many cases.

You can check your Facebook privacy settings by simply visiting the site directly and logging in to the security features. If you have not done so, check out the site and find out just what people are talking about.

Protect Your Facebook Privacy with These 3 Settings!

In December, Facebook implemented yet another round of controversial privacy updates and changes in an effort to compete more widely with the more open social networks like Twitter.

As part of this update, Facebook implemented a “transition tool” which appeared at the top of Facebook homepages this past month with its own selection of recommended settings. If you were one of the users who opted for the recommended settings, you may now be surprised to find that you have given Facebook the right to publicize your status updates, photos, and shared links.

There are definitely valid concerns behind privacy so should you want to change these settings back, read on to find out how.

1. Who Can See The Things You Share (Status Updates, Photo, Videos, etc.)

If you accepted the new recommended settings then you have given Facebook full rights to any information included in your status updates. Depending on your applied search settings, you may have also given Facebook the right to share that information with search engines, too.

To change this setting simply take the following steps:

1. From your Profile page, hover your mouse over the Settings menu in the top right hand corner and click “Privacy Settings” from the list that appears.
2. Select “Profile Information”
3. Scroll down to the setting “Posts by Me.” which includes status updates, links, notes, photos, and videos.
4. Choose your desired setting using the drop-down box on the right.

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2. Who Can Access Your Personal Info

After last month’s changes, “personal info,” now includes other information such as your birthday, your religious and political views, and your relationship status. Facebook set the new defaults for this other information to viewable by either “Everyone” (for family and relationships, aka relationship status) or to “Friends of Friends” (birthday, religious and political views). To change this setting back to “Only Friends” complete the following steps:

1. From your Profile page, hover your mouse over the Settings menu at the top right and click “Privacy Settings”.
2. Click “Profile Information” from the list of choices on the next page.
3. The third, fourth, and fifth item listed on this page are as follows: “birthday,” “religious and political views,” and “family and relationship.” Perhaps the most important is updating birthday to “Only Friends” as this information is often used in identity theft.
4. Depending on your own personal preferences, you may or may not feel comfortable sharing your relationship status and/or religious and political views with complete strangers. Keep in mind, while “Friends of Friends” sounds simple enough, it actually refers to everyone your friends have added as friends. This can still represent a large group of users you may not know.

3. What Google Can See – Keep Your Data Off the Search Engines

When you visit Facebook’s Search Settings page, a warning message pops up that reads:

There have been misleading rumors recently about Facebook indexing all your information on Google. This is not true. Facebook created public search listings in 2007 to enable people to search for your name and see a link to your Facebook profile. They will still only see a basic set of information.

The second setting listed on this Search Settings page refers to exactly what you’re allowing Google and the other search engines to index. If the box next to “Allow” is checked, you’re giving search engines the ability to access and index any information you’ve marked as visible by “Everyone.” As discussed above, there is definitely some information worth keeping to yourself. Keep your data out of search engines index by completing the following steps:

1. From your Profile page, hover your mouse over the Settings menu at the top right and click “Privacy Settings” from the list that appears.
2. Click “Search” from the list of choices on the next page.
3. Click “Close” on the pop-up message that appears.
4. On this page, uncheck the box labeled “Allow” next to the second setting “Public Search Results.” That keeps all your publicly shared information (items set to viewable by “Everyone”) out of the search engines. If you want to see what the end result looks like, click the “see preview” link in blue underneath this setting.

There are obviously other privacy settings to be aware of as well, in our opinion however, these are the most critical. That said, it is important to review all of your privacy settings to be sure you are creating the privacy you feel most comfortable with.

Privacy-Per-Post: Facebook's New Privacy Settings

Today Facebook is rolling out a new set of more granular privacy controls to its 350 million members. Founder Mark Zuckerberg already announced the changes on December 1, but today they are going into effect.

Members will now be able to choose exactly who they share status updates, photos, videos, or any other piece of content posted on Facebook. The options include: “Friends, Friends of Friends, Everyone and Customized.” As part of this change, Facebook is killing off regional networks such as “New York” or “Silicon Valley,” which are too big and meaningless anyway.

These customized options will allow Facebook members to create Friends Lists so that you can share new baby photos with family, inappropriate YouTube videos with only your college buddies, or your latest professional news with your business friends. Overall, Facebook is simplifying its privacy settings to make them less confusing.

Giving users the ability to select privacy settings on the fly should encourage more people to select “everyone” as the default for much of what they share on Facebook. This really begins to open up the data that is made public and provides even more opportunity for Facebook search.

Big Changes to Facebook's Privacy Policy – Again

Facebook is in the process of a much needed overhaul of their privacy structure, one that is bound by a rather complex yet ineffective model. They will be allowing users to control permissions for browsing personal photos and entries. The system will be based off of three tiers- friends, friends of friends and everyone.
Currently, users are bound by groups defined by college boundaries, which is a model that has become obsolete.  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a post Tuesday evening:

“almost 50 percent of all Facebook users are members of regional networks, so this is an important issue for us. If we can build a better system, then more than 100 million people will have even more control of their information.”

Facebook is suggesting that once the overhaul takes place, users should educate themselves on the new settings and make changes accordingly. We will alert you of the changes when they take place.