Facebook was originally created by Mark Zuckerberg to help groups like middle school and high school classes to have a safe social medium with protection of each member’s privacy. It was a means to protect them from exploitative adults and corporations who had become well-known within the MySpace world.
Recently, it was decided by Facebook operations that it was more valuable to the corporation to expose EVEYRONE’s profiles and information to the entire Internet. (If you have logged into Facebook recently and had followed the Privacy adjustments wizard, you may have already made these adjustments.) What makes these adjustments so significant is that people have advertising their birthdays – as well as other important information – with only their friends. Now that everyone is exposed to the Internet and NOT just friends, their privacy has been compromised. Someone with bad intentions could look up a name, a location and address of where a person lives, their birthdate, their mother’s maiden name and birthday. With this well documented information on everyone’s ‘wall’, identity thieves can grab your privacy data – not just from with in the US, but outside of the US.
If something like this happens outside of the US, using US Law could be futile, at best.
Below are the steps we can take to try to protect ourselves from this new “sharing” aspect of Facebook’, and reverse it back to what protected their users in the past… for now.
Login to your Facebook account. Notice the top blue bar, and find the “Settings” link. Mouse over this link (DO NOT CLICK IT) to see three drop-down options.
You should see:
– Account Settings
– Privacy Settings
– Application Settings
Click on “Privacy Settings”
On the Facebook Privacy Settings Page, you can configure five aspects of your profile:
1) Profile Information
2) Contact Information
3) Applications and Websites
5) Block lists
We will change the settings for your Profile Information, first.
Religious and Political Views
Family and Relationship
Education and Work
Photos and Videos of Me
Posts by Me
Allow friends to post on my Wall
Posts by Friends
Comments on Posts
Go into the Facebook Information link and set who can see your profile information on your profile page.
In the Facebook Profile settings page, there are several drop-down options to configure. The drop-down options control who will have access to your account. Looking at the Profile option on the page, click the drop-down menu associated with the Profile option.
You can change the access type for each aspect of your Profile by:
– My Networks and Friends
– Friends of Friends
– Only Friends
Personally, we recommend setting ALL of your Profile access to “Only Friends”, but you can choose to select “Friends of Friends”, Remember: if someone steals a friend’s profile, you WILL BE exposed to fake friends of friends (read this last sentence again if it does not make sense). There is no Facebook promise to protect you in this circumstance.
Follow this procedure for all OTHER options in the Privacy Settings section. (Pay particular attention to ANYTHING that has reverted back to Everyone.)
Under “Applications and Websites”, be sure to press the Learn More button in line with the “What Your Friends Can Share About You” section. Be sure to UNCHECK ALL BOXES within this area, THEN click on the SAVE CHANGES button.
Under the “Search”, disregard the popup information claiming your information is safe, press this popup Close button, under Facebook Search choose Friends Only, Under Public Search Results, UNCHECK the box, (again, disregard this second popup telling you that you shouldn’t uncheck this box).