Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Social Networking

The majority of us do it. We have that Facebook account set up so we can spend a few hours a month checking up on our friends and family. Have you ever stopped to think about social networking and just how much information we are sharing? Although Facebook & Twitter have great advantages, such as allowing us to network with friends, family, and co-workers, there are a few disadvantages we should note.

My privacy is of great importance to me, as I am sure many of you agree. So why do we share our most intimate secrets with hundreds of strangers? Admit it...only a select few of your friends in Facebook are actually more than acquaintances. We should think twice about updating our status when it sends signals about going out of town for the weekend or going to a concert at a certain time.

Check out this article: Man Robbed After Posting His Vacation on Twitter (http://www.wpxi.com/news/19648421/detail.html). We are sometimes too trusting. Stalking is also an issue, especially for teenage and college-age girls. This is a great way for a stalker to keep track of your where-abouts every day.

To protect yourself from the above:
(1) Do not post private information such as: cell phone, address, schedule, social plans, etc.
(2) Utilize the privacy settings on your Facebook account. You can adjust your privacy settings so as to control who has access to your personal information.

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