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Privacy in Social Networks: Updates for August 16

16 Aug

In the age of 1′s and 0′s, things happen in a flash. Privacy controls, security settings, and terms of service (TOS) change before we can bat an eye. They happen whether we do our best to stay on top changes or whether we click “Yes, I’ve read and understand the gazillion-word long TOS”  …even when we, at best, skim the first couple paragraphs and check “I agree”.

So, here are a couple of updates to help you stay on top of the ever-changing digital landscape of privacy and security…

Here’s How To Remove Your Contacts’ Phone Numbers From Facebook’s Clutches, by Mat Honan of Gizmodo

“Facebook loves doing unexpected things with your data. Now it’s culling numbers from your phone and adding them to its online database to ‘help you’ find contacts. Don’t trust Facebook with your mom’s number? Here’s how to fix it.

If you’re syncing, Facebook’s iPhone app will pull the numbers in your phone’s contact file and upload them to Facebook. While it notes that these numbers are only visible to you, Facebook has a way of, let’s say, shifting its policies.

Worse, for many users these numbers are already in its database, and if you’re not comfortable with that (and I’m not) you’re going to need to manually purge them.”

>>See Gizmodo’s full post for step-by step details.

Important: Check your Facebook and LinkedIn security settings, by Maddie Grant of SocialFish

“Two quick things we advise you to deal with ASAP:

LinkedIn has automatically defaulted you to be included in their Social Ads (more here). To opt out of this, hover over your name at the top right and go to Settings, then Account. Under “Manage Social Advertising”, UNCHECK the box that says “LinkedIn may use my name, photo in social advertising.”

Facebook has defaulted everyone to non secure browsing (www or http instead of https). To fix it, go to Account at the top right, then Account Settings, then Security Settings on the left. Check the box for secure browsing.”

>> See the full post by SocialFish

Photo by Rob Pongsajapan

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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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One response to “Privacy in Social Networks: Updates for August 16

  1. up with your

    September 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Hi Collaborativeinsights,
    Thanks for your thoughts, I am really tired of the forced social networking aspects of the latest version. I am constantly getting the updates screen about contacts I have long deleted and have no interest in. Now, I am getting notices that so and so is connected with so and so. In addition to the the privacy concerns of so and so, I really don’t want to know about the connections of so and so.
    Yahoo, you need to give me the option of using a straight mail program or I will leave for Google.
    I’ll be back to read more next time

     

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