Tips for Social Networking

05 05 2011

Social networking sites pose privacy concerns for their users – in recent times websites such as Facebook have had to revamp privacy settings to help people protect their privacy.

Do you know what you can do to protect your privacy on social networking sites ?

As part of Privacy Awareness Week 2011, the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities have set out a simple list of tips to help:

  1. Know the privacy policy and settings of the social networking sites you use
  2. Think about the information you share and how it’s being used, eg, what might a future employer or partner think if they read it?
  3. Remember, the internet lets your information be collected and shared easily. The harmless information you post could be added to the mix, creating a full profile about you. Who might see it?
  4. Sharing information with just a few people doesn’t stop it reaching a wider audience; be aware who might pass things on
  5. Before you post and tag pictures of someone else, ask for their consent – and request that they do the same to you
  6. Set up ‘friend’ groups to control the access different people in your life have to your personal details
  7. Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know
  8. Location based check-ins can be risky. Do you really want everyone to know that no-one’s home?

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