What it is: After Facebook revealed that millions of people’s data may have been shared, there’s a new emphasis on privacy.
Facebook made it easy for anyone to create a presence on the Internet without setting up a website on their own. The huge problem with Facebook its hat it shares people’s private data without their knowledge. Although Facebook provides multiple privacy settings, they’re not easy to find or use, defeating their purpose for the average person. That’s why if you value privacy, you may prefer looking at social networks that focus on privacy from the start rather than as an afterthought.
Such privacy social networks let you share information but with the assurance that your personal data won’t be shared without your permission or acknowledgement (hopefully). Just remember that no matter what you share with others, it remains on the Internet forever. That means your drunken party pictures can help discourage potential employers from hiring you and stupid things you’ve done in the past can come back and haunt you in the present and long into the future.
Perhaps the best way to protect your privacy is simply to assume that anything you post on the Internet, whether you use a social network or not, will be seen by strangers you will never know or meet. So just don’t post anything you’ll be ashamed about later. Simple rule, but not always easy to follow if you’re an impulsive type who wants to comment or post information on a topic on the spur of the moment.
Just take time to think. That takes effort and that’s why most people don’t think. Don’t be like those people. Think, post thoughtfully, and think about possible consequences in the future. Ultimately, the responsibility for protecting your privacy boils down to making sure you never share anything worth protecting in the first place.