Many articles have been written about internet privacy, and most of them are focused on not clicking weird links or opening unknown attachments. That’s very helpful, but a lot has changed in the last few years. Internet safety is something much different.
Almost everyone has a Facebook account nowadays. How do your privacy settings look? Are you sharing information you shouldn’t with everyone? Many of my clients have no idea these settings exist, and, frankly, they aren’t widely advertised either. Who wants to read through endless help pages? I know I don’t.
The truth is, a lot of people share their pictures, work info, email and even address and telephone with ‘Public’, which means everyone! Would you put up a billboard with pictures of you kids, your dog and your car, along with your address and phone number, for everyone to see? Didn’t think so!
This is Facebook’s privacy settings help page:
Give it a read, and try and set as many things to ‘Friends Only’ as possible, unless you have a valid reason not do so (business advertising, for example, can require public access to your posts).
Chat rooms, Skype, Twitter, and other social networking sites and communication services should be dealt with in the same manner. Don’t give away more information than necessary. Think of the billboard; what kind of personal information would you willingly advertise?