Facebook Privacy: Please be careful what you share

This morning I took the time to browse the Facebook Profile of various friends, friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends. I was just kind of wondering how much information I could see, and in general I was just being nosy. And I found a something rather disturbing. Not only are people willing to share a lot of personal information with their connections, the do it with people they are not even connected to. If your Facebook Privacy settings are not correct then you are sharing all of the same information with people you have no connection to at all.

The best (worst) example I found was  an attractive young lady who was a friend of a friend (In my opinion women need to be extremely careful with their personal information). Remember now: I am not connected to her. But I can tell you every place she has worked since graduating high school, every job she has had, every city she has lived in including the current one, her kids names, what she likes to do, where she likes to hang out. This is all because her Facebook Privacy settings are wide open.

P.S. If you have ever wondered what the CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg thinks about privacy then take a quick read. It does not matter if this information is years old. It does not matter the context in which it was said. It is a fundamental mindset of the person that has your information. Don’t share it and you won’t have any problems.

3 Comments

  1. Wayne Mcevilly 2011-03-12 at 23:26

    Patrick-
    I always trust my intuition. Facebook is off limits – total. Never. Don’t like it. Never did. I liken my “reasons” to the Divine Intuitive Faculty of my Activated Brainbox (LOL) – the mechanism is like Salvador Dali’s brain – doesn’t make sense, doesn’t have to. Profound revulsion to Facebook.
    That’s it. Thanks for this forum to “vent” a bit.
    Wayne

  2. Andrea_R 2011-03-12 at 23:42

    Like the commentor above, I have never joined Facebook. why?

    “I can tell you every place she has worked since graduating high school, every job she has had, every city she has lived in including the current one, her kids names, what she likes to do, where she likes to hang out.”

    And much of this information you found out, FB asks you to give them when signing up. Granted, much of my life is online and a determined person can eventually find all the same things out about me.

    The difference is I didn’t hand it to them in one handy package.

  3. Stacy Reed 2011-04-01 at 14:33

    Great Point Patrick!

    Women need to be careful because you do have a lot of people out there with “not so nice” intentions when it comes to your personal information. Everyone needs to be careful!

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