Securing your Facebook : Privacy Tutorial

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#1
Most of the tips below can be applied to other social networks but I was asked by my employer to make a presentation showing how to secure your facebook against unwanted attention. I figured some of the users on here might appreciate it.

There are several layers to securing a facebook profile.

Layer 1 - Preventing unauthorised users from viewing your data
Layer 2 - Preventing corporations from exploiting your data
Layer 3 - Preventing data aggregation

Layer 1

A user can view your data on facebook via three means.
# You give them permission
# You appear in some form of 'shared' media
# You are a member of their network

So the steps you must take are as follows...

1. Remove yourself from any networks you belong to. In reality networks serve no real purpose and removing yourself will not detract from your user experience.

2. Adjust the settings regarding who can and cannot view your profile via the steps below:

a. Click on Settings
b. Click on Account Settings
c. This is the 'My Account' Page allowing you to make changes
d. Click on Privacy
e. Click on Profile
f. From here you can use the drop down menus to make only authorised users can see your data
g. Save your settings
h. Click on Search discovery
i. From here you can decide what (if any) information about you appears in the search listings
j. Save your settings
k. Do the same for the News Feed tab
l. Save your settings
m. Return to the My Account page
n. Click on notifications
o. Select which notifications you would like your friends/family to see

Your data is now secured against any unauthorised users. If someone tags you in a photo and a user who is not on your friends list tries to view it then they will recieve an error message.

Furthermore if you untag yourself from a photo twice then you cannot be retagged.

It should also be noted that if you have enabled the majority of these security measures then if you post on groups, fan pages, friends walls etc - you will only appear as a name. No photos or other details will appear and members cannot try to contact you for more information.



Layer 2

A corporation can view your data via one major means
# You give them permission by agreeing to an application

NOTE: A facebook developer requires no special agreement with facebook to use your data ethically. Anyone can become a developer and when you add an application you give them the right to use your data and the data of your friends as they see fit.

1. Adjust the settings regarding your applications via the steps below:

a. Click on Settings
b. Click on Account Settings
c. This is the 'My Account' Page allowing you to make changes
d. Click on Privacy
e. Click on Applications
f. Read the overview presented
g. Click on settings above the overview
h. Check the boxes that your consider acceptable for third parties to know about you
i. Review your applications and make sure that previously deleted applications are not still viewing your data
j. Save your settings



Layer 3

Data aggregation occurs when one website does not hold enough information about you to be exploited but it holds enough information to find OTHER websites. Those additional online profiles help to build a picture of yoursefl that can be exploited.

Steps 1 and 2 help to prevent data aggregation.

For a quick shocking look at it - type into Google :

a. A common username that you use for multiple sites
b. Your regular email address
c. The first portion of your email address before the @ symbol

If several posts/profiles of yours appear in the rankings then data aggregation should be a concern. Yahoo are particularly adept at locating email addresses attached to profiles.


I hope some of this helps, any questions/ suggestions please drop me a line.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMWz3G_gPhU
 
#5
Dontdreamit said:
That would have saved me a ton of PRT SC, paste into Powerpoint a few days ago!!
You should have asked :)

msr
 
#6
Or simply bin the Facebook account. Would that help? I don't really understand why anyone would wish to plaster their personal details all over the web?
 
#7
BuckFelize said:
Or simply bin the Facebook account. Would that help? I don't really understand why anyone would wish to plaster their personal details all over the web?
Either you do not want to be in touch with anyone, or the reverse is true...

msr
 
#9
There are a multitude of websites out there but I thought this was particularly pertinent given the recent defence memo regarding soldiers and online presence.
 
#10
BuckFelize said:
Or simply bin the Facebook account. Would that help? I don't really understand why anyone would wish to plaster their personal details all over the web?
Its somewhat better than regt associations, Keep in touch with plenty of mates that I'd thought lost forever.
 
#11
Quality post Thanks for all the tips
 
#12
BuckFelize said:
Or simply bin the Facebook account. Would that help? I don't really understand why anyone would wish to plaster their personal details all over the web?
Okay .... where do I start?

Yep! I do say stuff about myself on Arrse, because I've got a bit of anonymity. Just now, I was avoiding doing the stuff I should be doing (and still am) and decided to type "bovington" (home) into Facebook search. I found a few groups. I was thinking that, because I value my anonymity, I wouldn't want any local group membership to be visible on Facebook. I don't like anything personal about me visible on Facebook. I'm not easily shocked, but I found this group:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=55914054211

"charlotte bovington had it *********** and shat herself"

I don't know what to say!!! (It isn't me). That is horrible!!! I'm shocked!! I wonder if it's somone's real name?

I didn't want to start a new thread and, anyway, there is some valuable advice on this thread, so I reckoned it could do with a bump .......
 
#13
This is going around at the moment:
Facebook has agreed to let a 3rd party advertiser use your posted pictures without your permission. To prevent this: Mouse over SETTINGS (top right side of page). Select PRIVACY SETTINGS. Select NEWS FEEDS AND WALL. Select the tab that reads FACEBOOK ADS. In drop down box select NO ONE. Save your changes. Please copy/paste this and post on your status for your friends.
 

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#14
Thanks for that ;o)
 
#16
bovvy said:
BuckFelize said:
Or simply bin the Facebook account. Would that help? I don't really understand why anyone would wish to plaster their personal details all over the web?
Okay .... where do I start?

Yep! I do say stuff about myself on Arrse, because I've got a bit of anonymity. Just now, I was avoiding doing the stuff I should be doing (and still am) and decided to type "bovington" (home) into Facebook search. I found a few groups. I was thinking that, because I value my anonymity, I wouldn't want any local group membership to be visible on Facebook. I don't like anything personal about me visible on Facebook. I'm not easily shocked, but I found this group:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=55914054211

"charlotte bovington had it *********** and shat herself"

I don't know what to say!!! (It isn't me). That is horrible!!! I'm shocked!! I wonder if it's somone's real name?

I didn't want to start a new thread and, anyway, there is some valuable advice on this thread, so I reckoned it could do with a bump .......
Good lord, did you read some of the comments..

"Errrrrr sick i thought it was a joke omg jank slut mate " courtesy of Becky

"yh but it might affect andys cort case" I'm sure Emma means something but I'm not sure what.

and this marvel from Joel "whys this a privet group dont u want any1 2 see?"

Why is English so hard?
 
#17
bovvy said:
BuckFelize said:
Or simply bin the Facebook account. Would that help? I don't really understand why anyone would wish to plaster their personal details all over the web?
Okay .... where do I start?

Yep! I do say stuff about myself on Arrse, because I've got a bit of anonymity. Just now, I was avoiding doing the stuff I should be doing (and still am) and decided to type "bovington" (home) into Facebook search. I found a few groups. I was thinking that, because I value my anonymity, I wouldn't want any local group membership to be visible on Facebook. I don't like anything personal about me visible on Facebook. I'm not easily shocked, but I found this group:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=55914054211

"charlotte bovington had it *********** and shat herself"

I don't know what to say!!! (It isn't me). That is horrible!!! I'm shocked!! I wonder if it's somone's real name?

I didn't want to start a new thread and, anyway, there is some valuable advice on this thread, so I reckoned it could do with a bump .......
Charlotte sounds tremendous.

Who do I have to f*ck to be allowed on the facebook arrse page ? The request is in !
 
#19
para_medic said:
This is going around at the moment:
Facebook has agreed to let a 3rd party advertiser use your posted pictures without your permission. To prevent this: Mouse over SETTINGS (top right side of page). Select PRIVACY SETTINGS. Select NEWS FEEDS AND WALL. Select the tab that reads FACEBOOK ADS. In drop down box select NO ONE. Save your changes. Please copy/paste this and post on your status for your friends.
Try and do that and this pops up:

Worried about privacy? Your photos are safe.
There have been misleading rumors recently about the use of your photos in ads. Don't believe them. These rumors were related to third-party applications, and not ads shown by Facebook. Get the whole story at the Facebook Blog, or check out the Help Center.
 
#20
It is requested that this document is distributed as widely as possible, on the provison that it is advising and not instructing personnel to disable the application.

FACEBOOK PLACES I CHECKED INTO APPLICATION

1. Introduction. Facebook have recently launched a new application called “PLACES I
CHECKED INTO”, which is automatically active on all Facebook accounts until disabled. This
application utilises the IP address, to identify where the user logs onto their Facebook profile from.
The application then posts the status on the wall of the user’s profile, as shown below in Figure 1.
A more detailed description, including a map of the location, as at Figure 2, is then provided by clicking on the location (highlighted within the red circle).

2. Aim. The aim of this document is to give guidance to Military users who wish to know how to disable the Facebook “PLACES I CHECKED INTO” application.

3. Concerns. The main concern relating to the use of the application, is that it may
inadvertently compromise the locality of a military user. Of significant note, users on operations or in Northern Ireland, are potentially putting themselves at risk by drawing attention to their exact whereabouts.

4. Social network sites already provide an extensive open source intelligence gathering tool.
This application is almost creating a one stop shop targeting pack, which could potentially be used to target, military personnel, family and friends.

5. Summary. Any users of Facebook therefore, should be made aware of the increased risk of
using social networking sites and the potential risks associated with leaving the ‘PLACES I CHECKED INTO’ applications active.

6. It is requested that this document is distributed as widely as possible, on the proviso that it is advising and not instructing personnel to disable the application.

“PLACES I CHECKED INTO”

HOW TO DISABLE IT.


1. A new software application has been introduced in to Facebook called “PLACES I
CHECKED INTO” This is an automatic service which will post your current location which
depending on the privacy settings of your account, which display this information to all users. The following steps enable this function to be disabled:

Step 1. Click Account then Privacy Setting. On the first page that appears click Customise
settings.

Step 2. Under Things I share Heading, disable “Include me in "People Here Now" after I check
in” box by un-ticking the box. Then change the “Places I check in to” tab to only me by clicking on the drop down menu on the right, choosing Custom, then Only Me, then Save Settings.

Step 3. To stop other users from posting your location on Facebook, under the “Things others share” section click the Edit Settings tab to the right of “Friends can check me in to Places”. Click the drop down menu, and choose “disabled”.

Step 4. The final stage is to stop the application itself from automatically posting your location. You do this by going back to the first page entitled “Privacy Setting”. At the bottom of the page is a section entitled “Applications and Websites”. Click “edit settings” which is highlighted blue. Click the Edit Settings tab next to “Info accessible through your friends”.

Step 5. Then untick all boxes as indicated below, once completed click on Save Changes,
then Okay on the confirmation screen.
 

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