Now those privacy zealots are always bashing Facebook and its users for not valuing their privacy, and calling on everyone on the web to go back to their cocoon and place a big firewall seal on their information and lives.
But let us face it, the majority of people on the internet like their Facebook and social media and like using it. Those privacy pundits are just political motivated scare mongers. Those guys are up there on wing-nut scale with Teabaggers, Truthers, Birthers and Sarah Palin but there must be some bipartisan middle ground between the privacy zealots and Zuckman‘s total agnosticism to privacy.
That’s where this post comes in, these are 5 simple ways that you can use to ensure your privacy.
1. Reclaim Your Nickname
In the early days of the internet, everyone adopted a nickname when they signed up to an email and they were unique. No one else can claim that email and it was their own; their internet identity. Now people are all about using their birth name, and when you look for “Tom Ford” on Facebook you find hundreds of them and then you have to sift through them to find your “Tom Ford”.
Having a nickname allowed people to use it as a pass-code allowing only those whom they like to have access to their profile, you can reclaim that by using a nickname rather than a real name. This will help deter nosy outsiders and strangers from stumbling on your profile and hopefully family members as well.
2. Have Multiple Outfits
Just like it is inappropriate and frowned upon to go to work in your Pjs, or wear flip-flops to a wedding, social media works the same way. Having different profiles for different people allows you to avoid the awkwardness of putting someone one on your limited profile list.
Having your main profile in your real name to act as a bait for those nosy people is a great strategy. It not only distracts them from looking further for you on Facebook, but it also allows you plausible “deniability” if they happen to discover your real profile. You can always blame it on the jealous smearing Ex.
One thing to make sure is to never add anyone to both profiles!
3. Be Vigilant
If there is any piece of information written or a picture tagged of you and you do not like it, be vigilant in bugging the people enough so that they would remove it. You are the curator of your own image, you can be nice and advise your friends to refer to you by your nickname or you can be a dictator and forbid any mention of you at all. Either way you go, you will realize that it is better to be mean to others about such little stuff rather than lose something worthwhile such as your job because of a comment or an image someone posted of you.
4. Don’t Do anything illegal
If you want to boast about how you tortured your hamster don’t do so by posting it to your Facebook profile! [this is in no way a statement condoning the torture of animals any where].
Doing anything illegal is certainly a stupid thing to do in the first place, it could be stuff like doing drugs or underage drinking. Posting anything about it on the web is just begging for trouble; but to publish it publicly on your Facebook profile for all to see is just like showering in jail with a tattoo that says “Open HERE!” on your ass.
5. But some people can’t help it
and those I say the following…
- know exactly who are your friends on Facebook. A general rule of thumb I use is that if i can’t recognize who that person is within 2 seconds of seeing their thumbnail, they don’t need to be on my friends list.
- Make sure to only share your escapades and naughtiness with a select few. You know, like the two best friends - if you are lucky!- who are the only ones that ever comment on your updates.
If you care to know more watch the video below:
So keep on using your beloved Facebook but be smarter about it.
What are some of you Facebook users do to ensure your privacy?
Let us hear your thoughts.