Friends change, employers change, interests change – and privacy policies of the sites you use change. Unfortunately, many users forget to consider these changes and ‘clean house’ on their blogs or social networking sites periodically. As you continue to engage online, apply 3 basic housekeeping techniques to help protect your online health, safety and privacy.
- Review content – content you’ve added and the comments left by others. Information accumulates over time, so understanding how much is being shared and is critical. Pare back where needed, and periodically search on your name, nicknames, addresses etc. to learn just how much information about you is floating around.
- Review contacts – are they all still relevant? Who do you interact with online, what level of access to your information do they have, and who should no longer have access? Have your friends changed the permissions on their sites? If so, is information you shared in private with them now become public?
Housekeeping is rarely a top priority for social network users; we just want to interact. Yet most problems on social networking sites can be traced back to lack of housekeeping in one or more of these areas.
Time to clean house?