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A little bit about Facebook security

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Facebook has granular privacy settings.   I strongly encourage anyone who is using it to do the following:

1) Create “lists,” (such as “Actual Friends,” “Family,” “Acquaintances,” etc. Placing people into groups allows you to granularly control the flow of information.

2) Explore Facebook’s privacy settings, and carefully review who can see what. (It’s all fine and good to post things on Facebook, but if you add family to your “friends” list, your mum might have something to say about last night’s bender at the strip club.)

3) Be aware by default Facebook shares all your info with the whole world. Don’t give Facebook any more information than you feel will help your friends get hold of you in real life. Just because it asks you to fill out a box of information doesn’t mean you have to. The more Facebook knows about you, the more the whole world eventually will. (It might be a bad idea if your employer can run a Google search and discover that your “sick day” was actually you going fishing.)

4) Remember to check the settings for Facebook advertisements; did you know that be default Facebook shares all your information with advertisers? This means that despite putting people into “lists” and then carefully reviewing which lists of people are allowed to see what information, these advertisers then can (and sometimes do) reveal your information to everyone. Be very sure to disable Facebook’s ability to share your personal information with advertisers.

5) Please bear in mind that identity theft is a real issue. People can and do fall victim to it, and the more that fraudsters can learn about you, the easier it is for them to scam you. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Please take the time to look at this website:

http://www.sophos.com/security/best-practice/facebook/ . It provides an excellent overview of Facebook security concerns.

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