Guard your privacy

Myspace and Facebook both have settings to help guard your privacy. For myspace, you can and should set your profile to private, especially if you post any personal information, like your full name, address and phone number. Employers and schools can and do monitor what students post on social networks. Most of this seems like common sense to me, but apparently, it doesn’t to most college students. Guard your privacy. You’ll be surprised to find out what information is out there about you. Keep these basic tips in mind on all social networks, not just Myspace and Facebook.

General tips

  • Don’t post personal information (phone number, address, school, job, etc.) on anything public
  • Don’t post pictures, bulletins, notes, etc. that show you doing something that is illegal or would otherwise get you kicked out of school/fraternity/clubs
  • Don’t become “friends” with someone you don’t know
  • Don’t post bulletins threatening someone – police are able to monitor these

Facebook has the ability to set a limited profile. Under privacy settings, you can set what your limited profile shows, and you have control over everything from your photos to your friends. Set up a limited profile and add all the people you barely know or only know online to this list. That way they will still be your friend, but don’t have access to very important information about you.

Block the Facebook beacon – Facebook’s new advertising program follows you around the web and makes note of your purchases. You can turn off the mini feed notifications under privacy settings, but the beacon still collects info about your online activity. Learn how to turn this off (Firefox required).

The best way to protect privacy with Myspace is to not post personal information and set your profile to private. Don’t add random people as friends. The privacy of Myspace isn’t as flexible as Facebook, but not as many college students use this service as much anymore.