In the past few weeks, there have been a TON of news stories circulating on the web about facebook and privacy. Through about 500 km of driving, I decided I was going to try to do something and take advantage of facebook lists. I’m still, as of 8 May 2010, working through this; however, here are some steps you can take to improve your privacy on facebook.
But, in general, if you don’t want your friendsbosstotal strangerscitystatecountry the internet to know about it, don’t put it up there. Even if you set everything right today, it is hard to tell what bug is lurking in the background or what change will be made tomorrow that will make this impossible.
Everyone should be encrypting all of their e-mail. Why? Well, let me ask you a question….would you write your wife, husband, sweetheart, etc… a message on a post card? Why not? Because everyone can read it, right?! So, how would you send it? You’d write it on paper and put it in an envelope, right? Well, email is just like the post card. Left unencrypted, it is just like the post card…anyone can read it. Encryption works like an envelope so to speak. It let’s you pack it up so people who come across the message in transit on the internet can’t read it (just like the letter). Just like the envelope, it can be opened…it just takes lots of time to discover the key and decrypt it.