Facebook and Your Privacy

For everyone that has a Facebook account, big privacy changes are taking place. Facebook says this will be a major benefit, but for whom?

Facebook, in their effort to grow more into Twitter’s realm of “Real Time Web” wants to make your public timeline (and all of your other information) like Twitter. New privacy settings are presented when you login. The problem is the way the Privacy settings are presented to you, with the default settings set to their most Public (In most cases Everyone can see -or- Friends of Friends -or- Friends- See bottom pic). Some people will pick up on this, but most probably won’t. Causing a lot of private information and conversations to be made more public than you’re aware.

In one of my previous posts, I spoke about how burglars use the info on Facebook and other Social Networking websites to see when you’re out of town. This was when the privacy settings were set to private by default.

Please be aware that if you don’t want your info made public, you need to change these default settings.

When you log in to Facebook, you’ll see this

Facebook Privacy

Then you’ll see this- Once again, the default settings are set to let the most people see in each category. Make sure you change this if you want, as this might slip by!

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Jason Kinkaid from TechCrunch:

Facebook is forcing users to choose their new privacy options to promote the Everyone update, and to clear itself of any potential wrongdoing going forward. If there is significant backlash against the social network, it can claim that users willingly made the choice to share their information with everyone. That’s why there are all of these notifications informing users about what these privacy features do. And it’s why there’s now a Privacy Center. The vast majority of users will ignore this information the same way 80% of them have ignored privacy settings in the first place. But Facebook will still be able to claim that it did its best to get their informed consent.

Please, be Social Media Safe!

More info from Mashable and TechCrunch

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