How Can I Maintain My Privacy When Using Facebook?

Facebook is the king when it comes to social media web sites.

While Myspace was able to catch the imaginations of the younger crowd, when Facebook was first released they were able to go after an older market.

This is an older market that didn’t want to go to a person’s profile that was filled with glittery designs and Flash all around it.

The design of Facebook was simple and elegant and that attracted more people to it.

All of the sudden, you were able to find people on there that you hadn’t seen since you left high school.

Not only that, they were able to connect the older generations once they started to use the site.

It went from being the hot spot of 18-35 year olds to being the hot spot for 18- 55 year olds (soon-to-be 60 year olds if you include my parents!).

Sharing Too Much

But now that Facebook has become the juggernaut that it is, the people that are on there may have to start worrying about their privacy.

The danger of someone stealing your personal identity is strong on Facebook just like it is on any other web site that you visit.

In fact, it might be even stronger.

When people use Facebook they are encouraged to disclose their personal information.

The pressure to disclose your information comes from two sides –

The pressure from one side comes from the service in wanting to match you up with your former classmates, co-workers and other people that you might know.

The other pressure comes from your family members and former acquaintances that would like to know how you are doing and what is going on with your life.

The whole purpose of Facebook is to share and you do not want to feel like you are being left out but, if you take the proper precautions, there is a way that you can share information without the whole world being able to see it.

Protecting Your Privacy

The first thing that you can do is to pay attention to the security levels of the post that you are about to make.

On the bottom right side of the actual post, you can see a security lock that will give you the level of sharing that the particular post can be.

You should make the post be on the security level that you are most comfortable with.

If you want your friends, and only your friends, to see it then only put it on that level.

If you do not care that the friends of your friends see it, then place it on that level instead.

Another way to avoid giving away your privacy when you are on Facebook is to make sure that you do not click on any strange links that you may discover on there.

There are people who place exploits on Facebook just like they do on any other web site.

Some of these exploits will allow them to steal your personal information and the passwords to your accounts.

If you avoid clicking on the bad links, you can stop this from happening.

Before you click, make sure the links come from a trusted source.

Keeping your privacy on Facebook should be important as you use the service.

Remember that Facebook operates just like any other web site and some parts of it can be dangerous.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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