Improving your Facebook privacy

Facebook is one of the most popular and commonly used social networking sites on the internet, with more than 800 million users having signed up to be a part of the phenomenon. Unfortunately, a lot of users are unaware of how their private information is handled and this can cause problems in the long run. Here we'll take a look at the best ways to improve your Facebook privacy.

A sharing world

Facebook is popular because it allows its users to share a wealth of information with their friends and family, from photos and videos to personal thoughts and messages. Some people upload their whole life onto Facebook, with address and work information just two of the many personal details added into their online profiles. However, there have been a number of concerns over the years about how private your information really is.

One example of your private information being used against your consent is targeted marketing, which sees Facebook gather your data and supply you with ads and commercials it thinks you might be interested in. In fact, your data remains accessible even after you have deleted your account. This is great for them, but should you be concerned they are using your information in that way?

Keeping your information private

One sure fire way to keep your account clean is to delete interests, likes and third-party applications from your profile. Is this information really necessary? If you want to keep it, be aware that it may be hit you with targeted ads.

If you have a long list of friends and you don't want to share your personal details with all of them, you can also designate who you share certain posts with. You can choose to share information with friends only, or make the information available to anyone who accesses your page. You can even block certain people from seeing your data entirely!

The Future

In late 2011, Facebook was taken to court over privacy issues and since then, have been force to tighten their security regulations. Facebook's privacy policy is now monitored to ensure that fair play is in order. Just keep in mind that any information posted on the internet can by access by others, so be careful with your private data!

Safe or sorry?

Of course, Facebook is a fun way to share and connect with your friends and family and can bring people closer together when used correctly. Just remember that your profile is an extension of you and any data you put on there may be seen by others. Keep Facebook privacy settings in order and be careful about what you share and you should have no problems at all.

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