By bounds on Aug 25, 2008
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
- Assume Anything and Everything you put on Facebook is public!
- See Rule #1
- 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.