- Open Graph: Facebook has partnered with several sites, including 60 new ones in the past week (includes Pinterest, TripAdvisor, Urbanspoon, and more). Basically, these websites can post your activity on your wall/timeline without having to “ask” your permission to post your activity. Solution: Go to your “Account Settings” and select “Apps.” Select “Edit” by each app to change permission levels. I personally select “Custom” and then chose “Only Me.”
- Timeline: As I have delivered presentations in the Southeast U.S., I have found that most people are not aware that if they add status, photo, place, or life event on their timeline to fill in their digital scrapbook that the update is actually default on a “Public” setting. Make sure you adjust this to the privacy level with which you are comfortable.
- Frictionless Sharing: Even if you log out of Facebook, the site can follow and track every web page you visit. Websites can write apps so that your activity on their pages can be shared automatically to your profile. Solution: The easiest solution is to use a separate browser for your Facebook activity (e.g. Google Chrome) and perhaps Firefox for your web browsing. Cookies cannot be tracked browser to browser.
In my next article, we will review some other privacy control features you may wish to use on Facebook. Just make sure your posts can pass the following tests: (1) Your update would not embarrass you if it ended up on the front page of a major newspaper and (2) You’d be fine with your grandmother reading it.