5/31/2010
09:12 AM
Keith Ferrell
Keith Ferrell
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Facebook Privacy Protection: Symantec's Six Steps

Symantec has offered six steps to protecting your privacy on Facebook -- and the fact that the tips are so obvious, basic and self-evident doesn't make them any less worthwhile. In fact, their obviousness may make them among the most valuable tips to offer employees doing anything on the Internet.



Symantec has offered six steps to protecting your privacy on Facebook -- and the fact that the tips are so obvious, basic and self-evident doesn't make them any less worthwhile. In fact, their obviousness may make them among the most valuable tips to offer employees doing anything on the Internet.Symantec, never one to miss an opportunity to link security advice to headlines (not necessarily a bad thing), has jumped into the Facebook privacy fray with some security tips for protecting privacy when using Facebook or other social networks.

The advice has less to do with navigating -- or comprehending! -- Facebook's privacy policies than it does with safe social networking -- which is to say safe computing -- practices.

The six tips are bread-and-butter computer security basics, which on the one hand makes the advice standard PR fodder, and on the other gives a chance to remind users of "stuff everybody knows" but not everybody (and maybe not even many) practice.

The tips: 1. Don't share passwords

2. Don't use Facebook for posting exploitable personal information: Birthdate, phone number, address -- and brick-and-mortar thief bait like "Off to the beach for a week!" Or, in a business context: "Or Offices Will Be Closed For The Next Two Weeks"

3. Don't click links, even those that appear to come from friends, and especially not those that promise things like "Sexy babes videos"

4. Don't post links

5. Don't respond to circle of trust and friend requests from people you don't know

6. Keep yourself familiar with Facebook's ever-changing privacy policies

Like I said, basic bread-and-butter security practices, applicable to much more than just Facebook and other social networks -- and just the kind of bread-and-butter worth passing along to your employees.

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