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Facebook - Five More Tips to protect your privacy

As Facebook is one of the most popular resources on the web, it is important to protect your privacy settings.  A social networking facility is designed to share information and to locate individuals who may have accounts. Conceptually, this is the opposite of privacy.   One good technique is to think of “friends” as "contacts".  Even though almost all of my own Facebook contracts are truly friends, the future behavior by an individual may require you to "unfriend" them later. 


Computerworld shares some valuable tips and links in this recent article:


Facebook - Five More Tips to protect your privacy


QUOTE: Privacy and security problems have plagued Facebook and its more than 500 million users -- a lot -- over the past several months. Much of the most recent turmoil was kicked up this past April when Facebook unveiled a list of new tools that allow user information to be easily shared with third-party Web sites.


1. Understand Facebook's security settings and use them - users need to find out where the security settings are on Facebook and take the time to learn how to use them to control what information is shared with people, applications and Web sites.


2. Who is your Friend -- This is not high school and Facebook isn't a popularity contest.   You don't need to be "friends" with everyone. 


3. Beware of those applications - a Facebook application can give broad permission for whoever developed that application to access your data and your friends' data. Go to the bottom of Facebook's Privacy Settings page to find the "Applications and Websites" link. There, they can click on the "Remove unwanted or spammy applications" option.


4. Think before you type -- You have to protect yourself and think through every post that you put online. The golden rule, say several analysts, is to think about whether you want your mother, your boss (and any potential future bosses) and your significant other to read what you're about to write. If you don't want any of them to see it, don't post it.


5. Malicious eyes - Sit down and closely look at your Facebook page and consider what a malicious person could do with any of the information you've posted. Avoid listing your birth date, home address, children's names, phone numbers and social security numbers.






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nuova simonelli said:

Thanks for informing us! This is an urgent news, and thank you for giving us some tips for our safety... Lots of scammers are doing it great to disturbs other account.

# August 17, 2010 7:11 PM