I went to a cybersafety talk the other day.

Much of the focus was on Facebook. What I found out was most worrying!

It’s all about your own privacy.

For a start you don’t want the whole word to see your posts. You want to limit this to friends.

And in this world that isn’t so safe, your friends should be people you actually know, not friends of friends whom you’ve never met. The exceptions are publicity or business FB pages which is meant to go get lots of friends. In those cases, like this one, I’m very careful about what I post. Nothing really personal, if you’ve noticed.

It’s also good idea to be able to review tags before photos go up. You might not want others to see what you’re up to!

Increasingly bosses (and potential bosses) spy on their employees on FB. What you’re posted can never be deleted … so watch what you say!

There’s also the danger of identity theft. The more info you put up about yourself, the more there is to steal.

And don’t say you’re going on holidays or going to be away … it’s an invitation to a break-in!

It seems that many people don’t bother with FB’s Privacy Settings. Many don’t even know about it. You’ve got to click that upside down triangle next to Home.

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There’s also this thing called “Tag Suggestions”. It’s really face recognition software!

Imagine that you’re having lunch at a restaurant but told your boss that you’re too will to go to work. A “friend” might then take a photo in the restaurant and instantly you’re tagged. Not good if your boss sees this!

Through Privacy Settings you can also block people and apps.

So I suggest you look at this setting to make sure Facebook is doing what you want it to do.

But now you should also sort out your Security Settings and Notifications.

You do this by clicking on Account Settings.

Security settings allows you to set a security question. This will make it harder for someone to access your account. You can also enable secure browsing, definitely a good idea.

With Notifications, I don’t like a whole heap of emails from Facebook, so it only notifies me when I receive a message from a friend.

You can reduce ads that you and your friends see by clicking on Facebook Ads.

I think this covers some of it … but probably not all!

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