A hat tip to my good friend and Sooner Jim Calloway for pointing out this helpful ZDNet iGeneration blog post on locking down Facebook.
While privacy as we used to know it is dead – unless you stay off the web (and even that probably doesn’t work anymore because your friends will post information or pictures about you), you can still do things to keep your Facebook page information a bit more private (Note: I didn’t say totally private). The difficulty is that Facebook frequently changes its profile and privacy settings pages, and with all the different pages and layers the settings are confusing to even hardcore techies. I suspect the vast majority of the 500 million people on Facebook never even try to understand and tweak their privacy settings.
While most would consider locking down Facebook an oxymoron, in the very least you appreciate what your Facebook friends and their friends and just about anyone else can see and learn about you on Facebook. This ZDNet blog post by Zack Whittaker will help you do that. It has four parts, each one focusing on a different part of Facebook’s privacy and security features. The post is very helpful as it has step-by-step explanations and screenshots that will help you work your way through the settings changes you can make to limit access to your personal information.
Guide 1 walks you through securing the settings and features of your profile page – the main page where your friends can post on your wall, and shows you how to limit certain features while protecting your privacy from people outside your friends list.
Guide 2 shows you how to secure your account – including your password, your networks, your Facebook credits (the site’s cashless currency), and explains how you can prevent unauthorized access.
Guide 3 walks you through securing each and every privacy setting relating to your content, allowing you to confidently change and modify each setting accordingly to allow exactly who you want to access certain content, while preventing access to others. It also shows you how to prevent certain privacy infringing ‘features’ on your account like Places.
Guide 4 shows you how to secure the miscellaneous features which can indirectly disclose your location (Places), hide certain friends from particular activities (lists) and prevent you from compromising your account with worm-spreading application links (links).
See this LAWPRO Magazine article for other social media dangers and pitfalls that lawyers need to be aware of.
A toast to privacy – or at least what’s left of it.