Saturday, September 17, 2011

Balancing Communication And Privacy Online

Ever since social networking sites have risen in popularity, a chief concern has been the level of privacy experienced by the user. If you want to get involved with social networking, or if you have a child who spends time on a social networking site, then you should learn certain things about privacy, in order to help you maintain your own

There have been events in the history of social networking that have tarnished its reputation, and have lead people to believe that it’s extremely easy for someone to access information on any given person. The truth is that most of these events have occurred because of indiscretion, or simply a lack of sense. If you go about the process carefully, you can make your profile safe.

When you sign up at a social networking site, you’ll be guided through the registration process, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to read through privacy policies to learn exactly how the site operates. While registering, you have many options of whether your real name will be revealed, whether people can search for you by your name, and so on. Once you’ve registered, you can look in the options for an even more extensive list. You can make your profile invisible to everyone but people you have chosen.

Besides taking advantage of the site's privacy options, you should also think hard about what you want to put in your profile. You’re given the option to explain what school you go to, what your hobbies are, what movies you love, and so on. Think about your goals. If you want to meet new people, then these are probably worthwhile things to talk about. If you just want to keep up with old friends, then they probably know it all – in that case, it’s not worth mentioning.

So, as long as you think about why you’re on the site, avoid overdoing your profile for no reason, and take advantage of the site’s built-in privacy features, you should be able to stay safe and have a good time on the internet.

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