Monday Aug 25, 2008

Facebook Security

I had an interesting question from a friend this weekend.  

"What setting do you use on Facebook for security?"

I rambled for a bit about security in general, but I think I answered his question well enough.   I believe I summed it up with one statement, but I'll add some other ideas and tips

  1. Assume Anything and Everything you put on Facebook is public!
  2. See Rule #1
  3. I set privacy setting to either "My Networks and Friends" or "Only Friends".   If its something I would set to "No One", I don't put it on Facebook!

Rule #1 comes into play with everything around Facebook.   As you add friends the risk of personal information escaping increases.   You shouldn't add people you don't know, but since I would classify 70%-80% of the friends I have as non-technical and 95% as non-security focused, I'm still at risk.   The same goes for applications.   I try to be very selective about which applications I use.   I currently only use "Where I've Been", "Books I've Read", "Stadium Tour", "SunWeb News" and "RateBeer".   I never respond to the "Compare yourself" requests.    Some people may think this takes away from the Facebook experience, but I'd rather be cautious.


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