Essential Tips to Keep Your Facebook Page Private

How much do you think someone can find out about you online?  Even if I only “kind of” knew you, how much do you think you’d find?  The answer: a whole lot.  Facebook currently has over 500 million active users, each one sharing a little bit (or sometimes a whole lot) of their lives online.  If they aren’t careful, that information can easily fall into the wrong hands.

The Red-Headed Diva, my good friend and social media celebrity (um, Lady Gaga follows HER on Twitter), recently did a little experiment.  She took a few people she only somewhat knew on Facebook, and started researching them with a few simple questions.  The information she found was incredible.  She knew the names of people’s children, where they lived, when they were going on vacation, among lots of other questionable details.  She wrote about the experience on her Facebook fan page, along with this interesting article from Newsweek: 10 Ways Facebook Can Ruin Your Life.  The enormity of what seems like some simple status updates on Facebook can do to your life is incredible.

So what do we do?  Give up Facebook altogether?  I can hear some of you shuddering.  Giving up Facebook does not need to be the answer.  Luckily, Facebook has recently updated their privacy controls to better protect it’s users.  I could go on about how you need to adjust your privacy controls, but the truth of the matter is, the kind folks over at Mashable have written a much more direct and easy to follow article.

Mashable | 5 Essential Facebook Privacy Tips

While these tips, and the Facebook Privacy Controls, are not foolproof they are an informed start at protecting your information.  Remember, the Internet is forever…next time you think about posting questionable content, think about how your grandmother would feel if she found it.  I guarantee, you won’t post at least 1/3 of the things you intended to post.

Enough reading now.  Go ahead and read these articles, and then check your Facebook Privacy Controls.  You won’t regret it.

Aaron

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8 Responses to Essential Tips to Keep Your Facebook Page Private

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  2. Tamara says:

    I heard on the news where I live that someone got robbed by a “Facebook Friend” after posting that she was going to a concert that night. So scary. Thanks for the tips.

  3. Carolyn says:

    I was just listening to the paperclipping digishow and checked out your site from them. I’m quite impressed! I love how you are incorporating tips and techniques. Will definitely have me coming back again and again.

    BTW… This fb article is fantastic. Thanks

  4. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately, I’ve heard a lot of stories like that. You have to be very careful what you talk about because literally anyone can find it.

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  7. Jkcantwell says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I’ve just updated my profile… and suggested to my fb friends that they do the same.

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