Monday, April 2, 2012

Protecting Your Privacy on (and off) Facebook

Minimum Qualifications: Facebook Password

In the past couple of weeks, media caught wind of a hiring practice large numbers of employers have put into place. They are requesting Facebook passwords from their applicants to consider them for open positions, and asking current employees to hand over their passwords (even with their own "do not share passwords" policies in place). 

There are at least six good reasons employers should NOT do this. I recently wrote about it here on The Privacy Professor Blog

Whatcha Doing Outside of Facebook? 

Thanks to the clever programmers at Facebook, the social media giant - now public and more responsible than ever for reporting accurate user numbers - knows exactly when you open one of their emails. 

This is particularly interesting because, as PandoDaily points out, it indicates a desire to track its users' behavior even when they are not logged into Facebook. As they point out, you can exterminate Facebook's email bugs by reading your email outside of Internet Explorer and Outlook. 

Don't Judge a 'Friend' by His Photo 

Bogus Facebook accounts are a growing problem impacting a wide range of people, from high schoolers battling "mean girls" to NATO officials in charge of national security. There are, fortunately, several ways to spot a fake, and here's an excellent article outlining exactly how.

Starting from Scratch

Often you'll hear identity and privacy experts advise that you close down your Facebook account if it becomes hacked. But what if your account is years old, housing countless contacts, memories, photos and videos? Fortunately, there is a way to back up all of that information, so it will be at the ready should you ever need to rebuild your Facebook account or if you simply want to keep all those past posts.

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