Fixing Facebook

We seem to be hearing more and more about online privacy concerns recently. I’m glad that many people are starting to take the matter seriously. In general, we’ve been far too laid back in our attitudes to what is posted online and what we make availabel for the world to see. I recently asked Are You Exposing Yourself Online? and ran a poll to see if you would take part in Quit Facebook Day.

As I’ve said before, I’m not throwing the baby out with the bathwater but I am looking at ways to tighten up security where required. If you’re concerned about Facebook security, and you really should be, you don’t need to delete your account. You can now use a simple scan to review your Facebook security. It’s a simple matter of moving an icon onto your toolbar and then letting the application scan your Facebook settings.

If you think that all the talk about privacy online is a bit over the top and that no one will be checking out your private posts, think again. is reporting on a new website which is specifically aimed at gathering details from Facebook pages.

Have you tightened up your online security? Does all the talk of security and privacy concern you? I’d be very interested in your thoughts on the issue. Please leave your comments in the comments section of this post.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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  • I recently re-visited my facebook security settings and opted out of many things. I debated whether to exclude my profile from public searching, but as I’m still finding relatives from o/s, they need to be able to find me. However, they won’t be able to access my account information until they friend me.

    Another good tip when working on your facebook security is to log out of facebook, and try to access your profile. You’ll be surprised how much information is still visible.
    .-= Paula´s last blog ..PaulaBoardman: I’m at Salvation Army Counselling Service (15-17 Blaxland Street, Rhodes). =-.

  • I ended up deleting my facebook account. I guess it was for a number of reasons. Spending too much time on it, the privacy concerns after they changed settings regularly and because my family and friends never really used it that much.

    I only did it about a week ago and I feel a lot more freer to do other things.

  • I’ve never started a Facebook account, despite a lot of ongoing pressure to do so.

    Their terms of use really mean that FB owns the information you post, and they may do with it whatever they want. I’ve written a post about it here.

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