Facebook has become a commonly used resource for acquaintances, employers or potential customers to find out more about you.
With 33 percent of female and 52 percent of male profiles completely visible to the public, most people remain unaware of the full extent of privacy settings available, let alone how to find and use them.
Learn about the various privacy settings and what information of yours is being shared for each one. Check for any personal information you have left unprotected that could potentially make you vulnerable.
Consider closing off most access to information, especially private data about your work, age, relationship status and background. We recommend that you choose to limit the display of this information to close friends only.
Facebook’s Privacy Settings Don’t Protect You From Websites Using The Plugins
When you connect via Facebook’s plugins on third-party websites and applications, you’re adding these apps to your account on the social network. These applications get full access to your information regardless of the other privacy settings you choose.
Once you grant permission to a third-party website to log onto Facebook for you, that site can access your profile even when you’re not using the social network. The site can also share this information using your profile picture or name with your friends.
Check your applications page and make sure you are only sharing what you want to share — delete any third-party websites from your account if you don’t want to share with them.
Don’t Accept All Application Requests
While we would like to think that our friends are sending us invitations to awesome applications, often what is being leveraged is the network effect of an application that has accessed your friend graph, or list of friends.
Some applications are built just for the purpose of accessing your personal data, and they hold this data even after you have deleted the application. Always read through the permissions being requested to see the extent of what’s being asked for.
Photos Of You Are Visible Even When You’re Not Tagged
Applications and scanning tools can take advantage of modern facial recognition techniques to locate photos of you that you were not even aware of.
Use a modern social scanning tool that ‘s capable of locating all photos of you, not just those where you’re tagged. This way you know what photos of you are out there and what others can see. And if you don’t like the pictures, ask whoever uploaded them to remove them.
Readers, how many of your friends use the privacy settings on Facebook?
Guest writer Christian Sigl is chief technical officer and co-founder of secure.me.