Facebook Privacy–An Oxymoron? Not If You Do A Bit Of Homework

There are 500 million people on Facebook, and nearly all are sharing the small details of their lives with little thought to privacy or security.  For those of you have begun to wonder just how much is too much, here are a few tips for lowering your profile and increasing your privacy on Facebook.

1 – Facebook Places.  Do you really want EVERYONE on the Internet to know where you are at any given moment?  Well that is the default setting for Facebook Places.  If not, then click on the Account tab in the upper right hand corner and select Privacy Settings.  Check the setting for “places you check in to.”

2 – Advanced Settings.  While we are on this page, check the settings for the rest of your privacy options.  If you want to make changes, click on the Customize Settings link at the bottom of the page, and double check the permission you have set for your profile.

3 – Games and applications.  Return to the Privacy Settings page, and lets take a look at game and application settings.  The link in in the lower left corner of the page.  From the new page you can see what games and applications you have subscribed to, and clicking on Edit Settings will expand the list to include all sorts of things you may have forgotten.  Removing games and applications you no longer use closes the door on privacy access from those places.  A quick survey of the remaining settings options will take care of your privacy settings for the meanwhile.


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com

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