Facebook is one of the most common social networking websites out on the market and is used by millions of people everyday. One common problem a Facebook user might have once they open their account is privacy and lack of protection. Facebook can be a very good social networking tool to keep in contact with your family but it can also make you vulnerable to a predator on the Internet. In order to keep your privacy safe while using a social networking website like Facebook, always be cautious about what you post. If you want to stay on Facebook while safeguarding yourself, then there are some privacy tips you should follow.
One thing you want to do to protect your privacy on Facebook is to set privacy settings on your personal photos. When you login to Facebook and click the “Photo” tab you can then adjust the privacy settings by selecting “Album Privacy” located right below it. This way you can set your photo album to be seen by only certain groups or people of your choice. Your photo is set by default to be seen by everyone on your friend list so it is important to protect your privacy by setting which group can see which photo.
Another way to help protect your privacy while using Facebook is to keep your personal information set as private which means no one can see information such as your contact information. You should customize the personal information within your Facebook profile so that you can set whether or not you want people to see your email address or name and any other information. You can set your personal information to be seen by people you are friends with only instead of having it out there for the whole Facebook network to see. Never let anyone you do not know see your personal information because they could use this to harm you or send you spam emails.
When you are on Facebook it is also a good idea to set your search options to protect your privacy. When someone goes onto Facebook to search for someone or specifically you, you can set which information is visible in the search. You can control who can search for you and what information they see when your name comes up on a search. If you want to customize your search options all you need to do is go to the “Privacy” option and click “Search” which will then take you to the customization page. This is a great way to protect your privacy while on Facebook because you can control who sees you when they are searching your name or email address.
People on Facebook also need to protect their wall status and updates in order to be protected on Facebook. When you post a message to your wall or update your news feed, everyone on your friend list is able to see this information. If you are a friend with a boss on Facebook, you might want to set the privacy settings to ensure they do not read information you post that might make you look bad. It is becoming increasingly popular for a boss to fire you because of something you have posted on your wall or news feed. In order to protect your privacy and prevent any unwanted attention at work, make sure you restrict who can see your wall posts and news feed applications.
Another great way to protect your privacy on Facebook is to limit how much personal information you put into your profile. Everyone wants to know everything about each other and this can be bad because it can make you vulnerable to an attack. When you are filling out your Facebook profile, it might be a good idea to change some of your personal information or limit the information by leaving it blank if possible. If you are required to enter a birth date for example, make the birth date up so it is not your real information. Maybe change the month of your birth and even the year of your birth to make a cyber attack or personal attack less likely because the information is not real. Although Facebook frowns upon fake information in your profile, it really is the only way to protect your privacy. I would even go as far as entering a fictitious or nickname for the profile information so that you can not be tracked using your real name. The more personal and sensitive information you give out, the more likely you are to become a victim of a crime such as identity theft.