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How Well Do You Trust Your Facebook Friends?
By: Jessica Cherok
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How well do you trust your friends? Sure, maybe you trust your close friends, but how well do you trust your acquaintances? Do you trust them enough to risk compromising your privacy?

To be fair, a lot of people have set their Facebook privacy settings to allow their information to only be viewable by their friends, or perhaps friends of friends. Still, thanks to Facebook’s Graph Search, a surprising amount of you information is still easily found by strangers.

Regardless of your privacy settings, if you comment on a photo or post where there poster’s privacy settings are more lax, your comment will show up in Graph Search. The same goes for photos you’ve liked, photos and updates of yours your friends have commented on, as well as anything you or they have been tagged in.

Overwhelmed? Naturally. It’s a daunting labyrinth of privacy settings. One that — in order to effectively protect yourself — you need to navigate with your friends as copilots. So again — how well do you trust the people in your friends list?

Clearly, you can’t rely on everyone having the same privacy values as you do. Meaning that your only recourse is to become a shrewd and discerning sharer. Take a second (maybe even a third) gut check as to whether or not you should post something.

You’re not in control anymore. The lowest denominator of your Facebook friends is.

   

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About the Author
Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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