In the past, we’ve discussed online and tech safety. With all of the hackers and viruses that are out there today, it is important to protect your online footprint.
Mashable posted on this very topic last week. In the post, the author specifically talks about Facebook’s privacy settings. Because this social network is constantly changing and updating, their privacy policies are constantly changing and updating. There is an ongoing discussion the professional sector just how much to share with the public. There is also a push in the education sector for professors and other academics to lock down their profiles so that students aren’t able to access the personal content posted by their superiors.
Here are the main privacy areas to pay attention to:
Friends and Followers
Timeline and Tagging
Take some time to read the Mashable post that features step-by-step directions on how to personalize each of these important profile areas.
Remember that Facebook is only what you make it. You can choose to share as much or as little as you want with as many or as few people as you are comfortable with.
The modern world is very dialed in to technology. We work online. We shop online. We bank online. We even converse online.
It is important to not only protect your personal information but also to safely store your documents and other files. You never know when a hardware freeze will strike. Hours and hours of work will disappear and you’ll be left to pick up the pieces.
The same tips also apply to our mobile devices. Smart phones are basically mini-computers we carry around all the time. It is a smart idea to set an entry password and keep your phone out of sight (especially to potential thieves).
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Here is a post from USA.gov about online safety.
StaySafeOnline is an organization that focusing on online safety awareness and education. Their site contains a lot of great information and links for online users of all ages.
The Australian government maintains its own online-safety site through their Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. The site includes a page about protecting your online identity.