Managing Your Privacy

To manage your privacy, it takes nothing but an open eye and a brain, but that’s almost everything. It tends to be quiet hard for an individual that’s new to a social network such as Facebook to figure out the privacy settings. Below are seven steps to keeping your Facebook profile’s privacy in tact.

First, don’t write your full name.

Second, when signing up, only fill in the required fields, because things like address and number aren’t really needed. But if one would like to receive notifications via SMS then make sure you select the option only me for your numbers visibility.

Third, put your photos on friends only so that not anyone can see photos of you, of your friends and your family up close.

Fourth, only add and accept people that you know and don’t have something against.

Fifth, set all your statuses to friends only so that not everyone who likes or comments on your status makes it viewable to their friends.

Sixth, set all the wall posts, posted by friends, to only you so that no everyone knows what’s going on with you and your friends. You might be mentioning lunch details, when and where. DON’T do that.

Last, if you really want a private profile, don’t like or comment on any public links. Your Facebook friends will see every public or friends of friends link you like. I’ve seen many awkward links that my friends have liked appearing on my news-feed, and it kind of changed my thought about them as it got disturbing.

These guidelines should be leaping you to a private life online. If it doesn’t, then you’re definitely not doing ‘nothing’; opening your eye and using your brain.

Google and Facebook

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Google

Nicholas Carr is right! Google is making us stupid. Now a day, when particularly the younger generation search through Google’s search engine, they don’t read much to find the information they need. No denial in Google’s help when an individual is trying to recall a certain quote, date or even an occurrence within an event, although, this may also affect the memory of an individual. The person will continuously depend on Google for information rather than storing it in to their memory. This is somewhat related to what Socrates had said:

“[It] destroys memory [and] weakens the mind, relieving it of…work that makes it strong. [It] is an inhuman thing.”

Individuals narrow their thoughts to certain key terms in one sentence rather than reading topic related issues which eventually have the information needed through the information provided. Google affects ones concentration on the answer word for word without the background. This leads the searcher to simply memorize a fact but not understand its background information which is definitely pointless.

Narcissism

“No make-up. How hot do I look ;)” Today’s society has become a narcissist society through social media. One of the main reasons of this is seeking attention and to impressing individuals as well as competing with other “friends” – between mainly girls.

Individuals post statuses letting their friends know what they’re up to, where they are, what clothes they bought, who they are with and how they are feeling. Why do they post these things? They post them simply because they think people care. Majority of “Friends” don’t really care but are simply to curious, to either copy or hate on them.

Managing ones online identity is easy. To focus on Facebook specifically, here are some tips to keep your identity private.

  1. Only friend people you know
  2.  Only allow statuses and posts to be viewed by friends
  3. Disable your profile from being found in search
  4. Keep your location hidden
  5. Don’t check in to every single place you go to. Everyplace you check into, anyone who visits that page could see you’ve been there.