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Monday, September 02, 2013

The Bane of Our Time: How to Stop Oversharing on Facebook

Wired - 8.29.13 by Christina Bonnington

How searchable do you want to be? That is, who do you want to be able to look you up with your email address and phone number.
Photo: Ariel Zambelich/WIRED
Facebook wants you to share as much information about yourself as possible. It wants your friends to do the same. After all, the more personal details you feed into the network, the less likely you are to pack your data suitcase and leave. Advertisers tend to like all that data too. All this means your default privacy settings probably don’t jibe with how you want to actually share your information.

Luckily, you’re not defenseless. With a few small setting adjustments, you can take back control and make sure you share only what you want with the world.

One key thing to remember before we proceed though: The Internet is forever. Once you have posted something online, it does not belong to you anymore. If you’ve shared a photo or status update with anyone, it’s possible that they could screenshot it and share it with the world. So when in doubt, don’t post it.

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