Everything you post on Facebook is always going to be there. That’s the thing about the Internet. You can delete something, but you can’t guarantee that it’s really gone. Someone else could easily have made a copy, and it might be in millions of other places online, you might never even know it.
So, it’s always a good idea to be cautious when it comes to what your writing and what photos make it to your page. Search engines are getting smarter every day, which makes it difficult to keep private things private. According to PC World, Google now has the ability to search comments posted on public Facebook walls and forums. Now, you don’t just have to worry about your privacy settings you also have to worry about your friends. If their security settings aren’t private than anybody can see what you posted on their page.
It’s something that you have to be aware of. You never know who your friends are friends with, and you need to be conscious of that fact. Employers, colleges, and even future roommates can see your Facebook page. They can make snap judgments off of what they see, and it can potentially affect your opportunities. So here are a few basic reminders of what you should be doing to protect your privacy on Facebook
1) Everyone means everyone. You have the ability to control your privacy settings. You can easily change it so that certain people can or can’t see information about you like where you live or how to get in touch with you. Don’t take this for granted. Make sure the important things are private.
2) Tag You’re it. It’s a really good idea to limit who your friends can share photos you’ve been tagged in with. With just one click you can limit their options to just you, your friends, or specific groups. That way you don’t have to chase down every photo to make sure every single shot is appropriate.
3) Where you at? Even if you don’t constantly check in with Facebook, your friends may. So limiting their ability to share your whereabouts is also a good idea. Just make it so that they can’t check you in at places.
4) Who are you? Hiding yourself from Google search is a great way to help keep your comments and photos private. It also will make it more difficult for employers and colleges to find you. But that’s why other social media sites, such as Linkedin exist.
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