Most Facebook users… okay, maybe some Facebook.com users are aware that the things they post to their status updates will be open to anyone who cares to look at them–forever. These folks tend to use their computer and the Internet in a responsible and thoughtful manner.
However, the rest of the world’s Facebook users seem to think that whatever they post will only be seen by their friends; and that the more outrageous the status update, the funnier and more popular they will be. When in fact, the level of privacy you can expect depends on how you’ve set your level of access to your information using Facebook’s privacy settings page.
If you’re not sure if what you’ve posted could be embarrassing, hurtful, or career-limiting; go back and read your statuses acting in the role of: a prospective employer (yes, they will Google your name as part of their decision to interview or hire you), the person who leads your religious organization, a future spouse, or a law enforcement officer. Then reevaluate if you should tighten-down your privacy settings, or better yet, decide if it’s worth it to be putting that kind of stuff on Facebook to begin with.
Here’s how to update your privacy settings on Facebook:
Update your privacy settings
Click Account in the top right corner of the Facebook window and then click Privacy settings to adjust who is capable of seeing what on your Facebook profile. We highly recommend going through all the privacy settings to verify your privacy is properly protected.
Anything that is not set to friends only or friends of friends can be seen by anyone searching on the Internet. Below is a few things we recommend for most users.
- Under Search in Privacy settings uncheck Public Search Results. This will prevent users from finding your account and profile picture in search results such as Google
- Under Application settings, make sure you’re only allowing applications you want to have access to your information. Applications that you grant rights to can have access to your Facebook profile information.
Source: Computer Hope, Top 10 Facebook Tips. Retrieved June 28, 2012, from http://www.computerhope.com/tips/tip90.htm
I’m sure you’ve heard the famous saying “If it happens in Vegas, it stays in Vegas.” (referring to Las Vegas, Nevada also known as “Sin City”)…well, Facebook doesn’t work that way. In fact, we should assume that nothing that happens in Facebook stays in Facebook!
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