People who follow even the slightest information on the internet are at least aware of the risks associated with your public face. The ones which spring to mind first for me are things associated with employers checking your personal life out and possibly more seriously, identity theft. You might think “Oh it’ll never happen to me!”, the fact is it could, and it ?might, so you might as well spend a few minutes lowering the risk. After all ignorance isn’t really an excuse when you find out you are being held up when coming back from holiday because you’ve committed fraud in another country you’ve never been to. Sure you might be able to sort it out in the end but it sure wouldn’t be easy to fix and can be avoided.
Why pick on Facebook? There are plenty of other sites which make your information public.
Why this article picks Facebook as it’s example isn’t only because of it’s size and popularity but mostly because of the ideals behind it’s development. Amongst many online communities there has been a huge backlash against Facebook for their “irresponsibility”. In fact some large communities which I read regularly have published several articles showing guides how to quit or at least “cripple” your Facebook experience. The “irresponsibility” that a large number of people have backlashed against is because of how Facebook fundamentally operates an “opt out” mentality rather than the usual “opt in” method of offering new services to its users. It also happens that these functions happen to always result in your information being public by default. Ok…so what you might say? Well there are some pretty important reasons which you should at least know about… Read more