TechSpot: Managing your privacy online - Facebook

Concerns over Facebook privacy have grown dramatically in recent weeks, prompted by changes to the company's terms of service that have progressively become more and more permissive when dealing with user's data. I want to be clear about something: I like Facebook. Although I don't consider myself a die-hard fan of the service, I use it every so often to keep in touch with old friends, share pictures with family members and that kind of stuff.

It's easy to demonize Facebook -- or any social network, for that matter -- without first taking a closer look at how we use the service and gauging the consequences of over-sharing. But on the other hand it's also true that some sites are not always forthcoming about how they handle your data. To quickly put things into perspective, Facebook has gone from sharing some basic personal information with your network and friends in 2005, to opening your profile up to the entire Internet and automatically enrolling you in their pilot programs as they look to monetize their huge user base.

Keeping track of Facebook's ongoing updates and changes, and how they affect your privacy, can be confusing and frustrating. For those that aren't down with broadcasting their entire lives online, here are some tips you can use to reclaim your privacy without resorting to a more drastic alternative like dropping the service altogether.

Read: Managing your Privacy Online: Facebook

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It's called common sense. Don't put things on there you wouldn't want a stranger to know, and don't go around in the woods with someone on FaceBook offering a job.

Sorry if that sounds harsh, 8:30am in school is not fun.

What is starting to scare me is all this new integration with other websites and services....
If you have start trimming too much your info at Facebook to keep it more private, FB looses all its purpose.
I barely have information there, if i remove the rest i better close my FB account. Which i might do it, just need a few more time to think about it.

"Old Facebook" was very easy to manage. But after trying to fix too many things that were never broken and re-writing their privacy policy many times over, Facebook's privacy controls are overly complicated and tedious.

As from the start the best rule is: Don't post anything you don't want the whole world to see. And that's about all you need to know.

C_Guy said,
"Old Facebook" was very easy to manage. But after trying to fix too many things that were never broken and re-writing their privacy policy many times over, Facebook's privacy controls are overly complicated and tedious.

As from the start the best rule is: Don't post anything you don't want the whole world to see. And that's about all you need to know.

what's funny is that people seems to actually LIKE it when other strangers see them passed out or barely dressed.

"hey look! I'm a party animal! I'm so coooool!"

I feel like some of the privacy options are not refined enough, for example who can search for you only goes as best as 'your friends.' Another; they should make it so friends of your friends cannot attempt to friend you, view your profile or even send you a msg.

Good Guide and nice tool. Facebook has been finding its way into the media way to often these days and not in a good way.

I kept my Facebook account until last year when Facebook decided to let the entitre world view everything. Then, I deleted it. I'd say my privacy concerns with Facebook are being met at the current time.

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