Use Facebook, Twitter Without Compromising Your Privacy

Using social applications puts user privacy at risk. Privacy is of major concern to internet users because of the ubiquitous hacker stories and information that people have, unbeknownst to them, given to companies for marketing use. Recently, sites like Facebook and Twitter have taken privacy into account when developing and adding new applications or programs to their websites. It would appear to some users, however, that these social websites have no concern for the privacy of their users and are leaving privacy issues up to their users to define and identify.

Social websites say that what they consider private may not be to their users and think users can handle the issue on their own. What you put on the internet can be accessed. The first rule of thumb to protect your privacy is to not put anything on the internet that you wouldn’t want published in the newspaper. If you don’t want someone to know your bank account numbers, phone number, home address or social security number; don’t ever enter these items onto or into a social internet website. Some social websites require information upon set up but this doesn’t mean you need to be 100% honest about your personal details or release any sensitive information.
Put your social network page on lock down. Many social networking websites have an options or settings page where you are able to block your personal information to a ‘non-friend’ or other common user or passerby. Religiously conduct lockdowns on your pages to protect your privacy on a monthly basis. In some instances, you are able to block specific information to specific users. Many articles exist online about how to lockdown your social network pages in order to prevent hackers from accessing your personal information. It’s your privacy, you need to protect it.
Guest post by James Mowery who is a computer geek and writes about technology and related topics. To read more blog posts by him, go to monitors.