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Think B4 U post! January 6, 2010

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10 Solid Tips to Safeguard Your Facebook Privacy

Visit http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-complete-guide-to-facebook-privacy/  for detailed instructions. A summary of the points are as follows:

  1. Organize Friends in Lists – Friend Lists are the foundation of your Facebook privacy settings.
  2. Customize Profile Privacy – Select which parts of your profile will be seen by whom
  3. Set Facebook Privacy Level of Photo Albums – Here again, you can use your Friend Lists to set the privacy for each photo album
  4. Restrict Search Visibility –  You can also select what will be visible in the search results
  5. Control Automatic Wall Posts and News Feed Updates – Your actions in Facebook such as comments, likes, appear as highlights on ALL your friends’ home pages. You cannot use friend lists here, only turn them on or off. Go to Privacy > News Feed and Wall and choose whether you want your boss or ex-girlfriend to know that you’re in a relationship.
  6. Set Facebook Wall Privacy – Here you can control whether your friends can post to your Wall, and who can see the posts made by your friends
  7. Avoid Appearing in Advertisements – Facebook has two types of advertisements: third-party and Facebook. Third-party advertisements are currently not allowed to use your pictures, but there is a setting to disallow it if it is allowed in the future.
  8. Protect Yourself from Friends’ Applications – Go to Privacy > Applications, and click the Settings tab and uncheck all the boxes. These settings control what information about you is visible to applications installed by your friends. By default, these are set to visible.
  9. Privacy from Your Applications – The only thing you can do is to authorize only those applications you require and trust.
  10.  Quitting Facebook? Delete, Don’t Just De-Activate Your Account

Also, note that once in a while, there is news of a Facebook hack or leak that can expose your information on the Internet. It is better to be safe than sorry by avoiding using Facebook for anything that may embarrass you.

While the internet can be a great tool for research, communication and entertainment there are also some risks. On Wise up to IT (http://www.wiseuptoit.com.au/ ), four young people tell their stories about cyberbullying, online stalking, internet security and online grooming. Their stories explain what happened and how they dealt with the situation. The video clips prompt users to think about who they are really chatting to online, what personal information they are posting and whether or not their computer is protected from scams and spyware.

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