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    Facebook privacy: 10 settings you should know

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    Thanks Ted. Is this a new "room" in the lounge? I don't recall seeing it before.......perhaps it's my age catching up on me.

    On the subject of Facebook, anyone who uses it could do well to checkout https://www.facebook.com/SophosSecurity. I have no affiliation with Sophos, but their NakedSecurity blog is a goldmine for useful tips on social media safety and security.

    Another one to checkout is https://www.facebook.com/Facecrooks. As you might expect this site is dedicated to preventing people becoming victims of scams and fraud on Facebook.

    .....and people may note from the above, that I already adhere to #10 in Ted's list. The https prefix is essential for maintaining your security on any website with which you are exchanging personal info. In my opinion one should avoid any apps that don't work with https on Facebook.

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    First appeared today. I never expected to be the first poster. Many people do not have any idea how unsafe Facebook can be. They blindly put things there that may come back to haunt them. Any site where an individual posts confidential info can be unsafe, and most crooks count on this.
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    Facebook: the most dangerous website in the world

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    Many people do not have any idea how unsafe Facebook can be. They blindly put things there that may come back to haunt them. Any site where an individual posts confidential info can be unsafe, and most crooks count on this.
    I routinely tell clients, friends, family,and anyone else who'll listen that Facebook is the single most dangerous website in the world for the average internet user. P2P, etc. might get you sued, jailed, or infected, but Facebook can get your identity stolen - or your well-being, maybe even your very life. There are plenty of anecdotal incidents of people getting burglarized or similar victimization by putting on Facebook that they are out of town.

    Personally, I think there should be a law that gives parents the right to ban tags of their child's name or children's names on photos containing their children even if they aren't the photographer. Ironically, Facebook's and Google's facial recognition feature would make this more than plausible.

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    I don't want my age to show, but I absolutely hate facebook. It destroys relationships, can cost you your job etc. Recently, my daughter had her facebook account hacked and taken over. Who ever did it, started playing games, making rude comments and even charged things to her credit card. It took months to undo the financial damage and the relationships it affected may never be the same. Technology is ruining our lives as people don't understand the limitations of the software. I have worked as a software specialist and know how easy it is to get in trouble with software. None of it is bug free and all of it is hackable. Fraud is the biggest issue as hackers break into peoples accounts and pretend they are the person.

    I don't have a facebook account and don't want one, but soon will be forced to as many businesses and even employers want to use it to replace inhouse communications.....personally I stay away.

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    That's why you should never put financial info, credit card info or any other personal info on facebook that you would not want "everyone" to know. You do have to be VERY selective on what you post. There are security measures you should take. Do a Google search on Facebook Security to get oodles of info to read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    That's why you should never put financial info, credit card info or any other personal info on facebook that you would not want "everyone" to know. You do have to be VERY selective on what you post. There are security measures you should take. Do a Google search on Facebook Security to get oodles of info to read.
    Here, here.

    Same comments apply to Google+ . It's attracting a different kind of audience - more techies at this point. But people need to be very, very cautious about the kind of info they leave there.
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    If you want to stay uncontaminated, do not use social sites.
    Man has survived for thousands of years with word of mouth and writing - both of which require some element of thought.
    Social networks seem to be just a form of diarrhoea - not even verbal - it just comes out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody View Post
    Here, here.

    Same comments apply to Google+ . It's attracting a different kind of audience - more techies at this point. But people need to be very, very cautious about the kind of info they leave there.
    Thanks Woody. People have to learn to be judicious in what they post. Just remember everything you post on a social networking site (even a forum such as this forum is a type of social network) instantly becomes common knowledge around the world. DO NOT POST ANYTHING YOU DON'T WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sixit View Post
    I routinely tell clients, friends, family,and anyone else who'll listen that Facebook is the single most dangerous website in the world for the average internet user. P2P, etc. might get you sued, jailed, or infected, but Facebook can get your identity stolen - or your well-being, maybe even your very life. There are plenty of anecdotal incidents of people getting burglarized or similar victimization by putting on Facebook that they are out of town.

    Personally, I think there should be a law that gives parents the right to ban tags of their child's name or children's names on photos containing their children even if they aren't the photographer. Ironically, Facebook's and Google's facial recognition feature would make this more than plausible.
    Boy! You just saved me a lot of typing.
    I couldn't have stated the situation better myself.

    In addition, my own formula for staying safe with Facebook, is to stay as far away from it as possible.
    Ditto, on all the new Social Networking programs.
    Even working these forums can be dangerous if you get too wordy about just where you live, etc.

    Thanks for a great post and thank you Ted, for this topic. Timely! Very Timely!

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    You are welcome DrWho. There are so many out there that just blindly use these sites then wonder why they have problems.
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    If only I could convince my grandsons of these truths............ the 30 year old SHOULD know better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medico View Post
    That's why you should never put financial info, credit card info or any other personal info on facebook that you would not want "everyone" to know. You do have to be VERY selective on what you post. There are security measures you should take. Do a Google search on Facebook Security to get oodles of info to read.
    Do a Google search? Personally, I stay as far away from Google as I can. I use startpage.com for my searches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midnight View Post
    If only I could convince my grandsons of these truths............ the 30 year old SHOULD know better!

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    Good luck with that!

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    Facebook privacy 10 is quite complicated and it has many problems in it.

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