Social Media and Privacy

Privacy does not exist in the realm of Social Media, regardless of privacy settings,  once you post it consider it public and available to the world.  If you don't want someone from some foreign land to be able to see it, then don't post it.  All the privacy controls in the world do not prevent someone you have "Friended" from seeing it, and being able to repost it.  Oh you set it so they can't share it, retweet it, or post it?  Did you include anything to block a screen shot or Copy-Paste?  Then guess what it's public. 

Here is the one and only privacy rule that matters:

Don't post it, unless your willing to have it on the front page of the New York Times or as a headline on CNN.

Am I saying don't use privacy settings the social media has?  No, but NEVER count on those to keep things private.  No they are there and you should make use of them, but never mistake those settings for keeping you private. Also don't go around asking people to help you keep your privacy.  

Hello to all of you who are on my list of contacts of Facebook. I would like to ask a favour of you…. You may not know that Facebook has changed its privacy configuration once again. Thanks to the new "Graphic app", any person in Facebook anywhere in the world can see our photos, our "likes" and our "comments". During the next two weeks, I am going to keep this message posted and I ask you to do the following and comment "DONE". Those of my friends who do not maintain my information in private will be eliminated from my list of friends, because I want the information I share with you, my friends, to remain among my friends and not be available to the whole world. I want to be able to publish photos of my friends and family without strangers being able to see them which is what happens now when you choose "like" or "comment". 


Unfortunately we cannot change this configuration because Facebook has made it like this. So, please, place your cursor over my photo that appears in this box (without clicking) and a window will open. Now move the cursor to the word “Friends”, again without clicking and then on “Settings”. Uncheck “Life Events” and “Comments and Like”. This way my activity with my family and friends will no longer be made public. Now, copy and paste this text on your own wall (do not “share” it!). Once I see it published on your page, I will un-check the same for you. Thanks so much!" 

It's your privacy if you don't want it public, don't share it.  You have to take responsibility of your privacy, it is not my job, or any other of your friends to maintain your privacy, if your not willing to maintain your privacy then don't ask me to.  I can not stress this enough it is your responsibility to protect your privacy and not share things you want private.

Ghostprogrammer
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