Facebook is a hugely popular social networking site. Unfortunately, it’s also a large target for Spammers, thieves, identity theft, criminals, abusers, and numerous other “bad guys”. It’s also a very enticing service since it permits you to find friends, relatives, and even your old enemies. Unfortunately, the default Privacy setting leave a lot to be desired. Think I’m joking? Read this:
Judge Kicks Notorious Spammer off Facebook. Sanford Wallace and his low life friends. Spam and phishing schemes.
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Canadian official takes issue with Facebook privacy
Here are a few tips to protect your Privacy and eliminate the slime bags who will try and abuse you:
- Log into your Facebook account. On the right hand side of the top of the page single click Settings and select Privacy. Then insure that all your setting are set to “Only friends”.
- Your kids will need guidance and help setting up their account. Involve yourself in their activities and take the time to explain to them why it’s so important to maintain your privacy on Facebook.
- The tricky part involves exactly who you permit to be your “Friend”. Remember, a Friend which you will need to authorize can view your entire Profile/Wall and learn a lot of things about you. Caution is advised. If you don’t know the Friend request, just deny it. Never authorize a Friend request from someone you don’t know.
- I’ve seen some very revealing stuff on a Facebook Wall. Decide what you want all your friends to read and see but try and use a little restraint.
- Never click on strange links. Never disclose details about your identity such as your date of birth, social security number, home address, and phone number
- Don’t use Facebook for grudge matches, flames, attacks, stalking, and other bad behavior.