Yesterday I published a short guide to Facebook privacy options in The Wall Street Journal. As a privacy researcher, I spend a lot of time examining privacy settings in social networks. Over the years, Facebook has added lots of new settings and has made their privacy settings easier to use. However, there are many privacy settings on Facebook that are still somewhat hard to find, and they control settings that many people didn't know were even possible to control. When someone asks me about a Facebook privacy setting, I often have to stop and think and poke around in a few menus to remember where that setting is. So when a Wall Street Journal editor requested an info graphic that would help people learn about protecting their privacy online, I created an illustration about Facebook privacy options.
Judging from the reactions I have gotten, there are a lot of people who are eager for more information about Facebook privacy setting. I was told my article was one of the most emailed articles on the WSJ website yesterday, and I've been receiving lots of email from people about it. People have sent me some questions about additional settings not covered in the article: for example, how can I make it so my friends can see my birthday without seeing how old I am? (That's not covered in the privacy settings. You have to go to your profile page, click "About" and edit your "Basic info.")
Of course many people still fail to fully appreciate that the information they divulge on social networks can be used to track down other information about them that might be used to access their accounts or steal their identity. Additionally, employees who are not careful about what they post can put their organization, and often their job, at risk. In response to this problem, Wombat has designed a "Safe Social Networks" training module, which organizations can use to train employees how to safely use Social Media sites such as Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.
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