Posting a Status Message on Facebook Won't Protect Mobile Privacy

Nov 27, 2012 18:09:02Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Posting a Status Message on Facebook Won't Protect Mobile Privacy

If you're a Facebook user, you may have come across status posts from some of your friends that claim to "protect copyright law." They also urge others to copy and paste the text onto their own timeline to prevent Facebook from using profile information for commercial use without written consent. While it's not a bad idea to be concerned about internet and mobile privacy while using social media sites, this particular posting is apparently a hoax, according to the Washington Post.

Facebook's terms and conditions allow the site to distribute and share posted items depending on a user's privacy settings. However, cutting and pasting a post about the policy doesn't affect the conditions set up by the site. Users are still bound by the original terms and agreements they signed off on when they first opened a profile.

This isn't the first time that this posting has surfaced on Facebook. According to the news source, a similar "chain posting" occurred in June. While it may do little to protect your internet or cell phone security, there are actions you can take to keep your profile private, according to PC Magazine.

It's important to monitor the privacy settings of each and every post you make on Facebook. The site now allows you to decide who can see your status updates, pictures and shares on a post-by-post basis. Look for a drop-down menu in the corner of each post you make to limit who can view it. You should also visit your general settings to create a default setting for your posts.

You may want to try Googling your name to see if it directs you to your own Facebook profile. Allowing people to find your listing through a basic internet search can be dangerous, especially if you list your personal phone number. You may want to create a virtual phone number just for Facebook, or use the site's privacy settings to make your profile un-searchable. This can be done by unchecking the "Public Search Results" box, according to the news source.

Remember that when using Facebook, your friends may be able to tag you in certain photos or posts. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's a good idea to limit this ability to only friends. Facebook's default options allow everyone to tag you in posts.

Facebook is a fun site for keeping in touch with friends, but be sure to monitor your settings. A simple copy-pasted post isn't going to keep your privacy intact.