Facebook Security – Introduction

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This is the first entry in a series intended to help clarify the plethora of security settings in Facebook. I begin this endeavor with the knowledge that it is likely Facebook will make changes that render what I write here useless soon after I write it, possibly before I finish.  That said, in searching the topic I have found little, other than Facebook’s help center. The Facebook help center is mostly a reference. My intent is to write a guide with simple instructions and insight on how to control your Facebook privacy and what you share and with whom.

In the Facebook Security presentations I have made, a few things have always come up as concerns:

How do I keep my account from getting hacked?
I don’t want people to tag me in photos.
I want to protect my Facebook friends, how do I do this?
How do I control who can see my photos?
My family does not want to see my work-related posts, I don’t want my coworkers to see my  personal posts. How do I separate them?

Over the next few weeks I will cover these issues, and others brought up by readers. Post suggested topics and any questions in the comments. Next time I’ll begin the discussion on how to separate work and personal posts with a discussion on Facebook Friend lists.

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