Facebook Security Recommendations



Identification criminals focus on Facebook along with other social networking sites to harvest information about anyone. Here’s the way we recommend you set your own Facebook privacy options to protect against internet id theft.

How you can modify your settings:

This guide walks you thru Sophos-recommended privacy settings in Facebook, and shows you how to set more secure levels of privacy and minimize the possibility of becoming a victim of online identity theft.

General security methods for Facebook:

Modify Facebook privacy settings to help protect your identification. Unlike some other social networking sites, Facebook provides some dynamic options to protect you online – but it’s your decision for their services!

Browse the Facebook Guide to Privacy:

At the very bottom of every page on Facebook, there is a link that scans “Privacy.” The linked page is “A guide to privacy on Facebook,” containing the most recent privacy options and policies. One example is, with the latest modifications in May 2010, Facebook discloses information that it sets as visible to everyone and that you can’t make private. This information contains sensitive details like your name, gender, profile picture etc.When in doubt, use the “Preview my profile” button on any privacy settings page to check how your information appears to other people.

Consider who you allow to become your friend:

After you have approved someone as your friend they’ll be able to view any information about you (including images) that you have marked as viewable by your friends. You are able to remove friends at any time should you change your mind about someone.

Show “Limited Friends” a cut-down version of your profile:

You can choose to make people ‘Limited Friends’ who only have use of a cut-down version of your account if you want. This can be useful if you have associates who you do not wish to give full friend status to, or feel uncomfortable sharing private information with.

Turn off options, then open them one at a time:

Think about the way you want to use Facebook. Whether it’s only to stay in touch with people and be able to contact them then maybe it’s safer to shut down the features. It makes a lot of sense to disable an alternative until you have decided you need to do would like it, rather than focus on every little thing accessible.


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