A few days ago my good friend asked me the question on a subject line above. He likes using Facebook to-you know-see what’s going on around him and make few connections whenever he can but he is concern about the privacy aspect of it. He in- fact want to have his privacy when he is on Facebook. At first i thought he was losing it. I told him “Facebook is a “social media” for crying aloud which means anyone who participate in it has to be social” or else don’t get into a game-period!
When you dive your head first into these websites, you are interacting with the so called “friends” through tagging, photo sharing, timeline posts, comments, apps, games and like. There are so many ways to find yourself in public without your knowledge. I gave him my two cents that there is no such a thing as 100% privacy when you put yourself out there especially online. It is just the matter of time google will be able to penetrate inside our homes using their earth cameras. The internet is robbing our privacy one little piece at a time. The good news is they somehow manage to convince us that we can have our privacy if we follow their instructions. Let’s face it, they created this mess and now they are working extra hard to make sure they get it right. After all we are their clients and this give us a little piece of mind. So I told him what Facebook is telling us to do to secure our privacy and here it is.
When you are sharing something note that you can pull down the privacy dropdown, select custom and make changes then hover your mouse over the gear to get a plain English tooltip showing the resulting visibility of this update:
Go log into Facebook and in the upper right corner click Privacy Settings:
Then, spend some time in these two areas of Settings. Timeline and Tagging and Apps and Websites.
Next, click on Apps and Websites and freak out when you see how many you (or your child) has added. You can remove them as you like. Most importantly, click on “How people bring your info into apps they use.”
How much of this info to you want your friends sharing with their applications? Turn this stuff off.
And finally, check out the Public Search option. Do you want Facebook and your public timeline to show up when someone Googles for you or your child? If not, turn this OFF.
You can also go back in time and “limit old posts.” This will take posts from years ago when you didn’t know this information and make them visible to friends only.
Facebook will likely try to talk you out of it. Use your judgment.
Now, try explaining this to your teen and why everyone should be careful about information leakage. Try it.