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Sara’s Tech Tips: Important Facebook Privacy Steps

June 9, 2010 at 10:01 am , by


Addicted to Facebook? Me too. But you may have seen the mega social networking site in the news a lot lately because they’ve changed their privacy controls several times in the last few months leaving many users confused about how to keep their personal info under wraps. It’s important to take a few steps to make sure you’re only sharing your photos, email address or even phone number with people who you trust. I’ll walk you through each step and why it’s important.

Step 1: Friend Lists
These days many of us are Facebook friends with everyone from old high school boyfriends to family members to bosses. With such a mixed bag of people, you probably want to limit the information you share to these different groups of people. To do this you divide your friends into categories such as family, friends, and colleagues. Although it may take awhile, you only have to do it once (and I assure you it’s well worth it). These categories can serve as distribution lists whenever you want to send information to a specific group (like a book club meeting or reunion information). You can also limit photos to friends or family without your boss or work colleagues seeing them, or keep your work-day status updates (“Is it lunch time yet?”) out of the news feeds of your professional network.

How To: Log into Facebook. When you’re on the home screen, go to the left hand side of your screen and click on “friends.”  Then click on the “create list” button at the top of the page. A window will pop up and ask you to name the list and then you click through your friends to add them.

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