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Privacy Lockdown

I will be speaking about Social Media this weekend at a conference for Oregon Women for Ag. One thing that has repeatedly come up as I spoke with members of OWA preparing for this presentation is that they don’t feel secure using social media because the news if full of privacy alerts. Here is a break down of how to tighten your online privacy belt to protect your information.


1.       Find Account in the top right corner of your Facebook page. Click there and then on Privacy Settings.

2.       Click Customize Settings in the middle of the page toward the bottom.

3.       Set everything to either Friends Only or Only Me.

a.       Click the downward arrow next to each item in the list then click Friends Only.

b.      Click Preview Profile to see how your page will look to most people visisting Facebook.

4.       Click on Back to Privacy Setting at the top of the Preview Page.

5.       Scroll down and under Apps and Websites choose Edit your settings.

a.       To the right of Info Accessible through your friends click Edit Settings.

i.      Uncheck all the boxes and then choose Save Changes.

b.      Set Game and App Activity to Friends Only or Only Me.

i.      Click on the downward arrow and choose your setting. It will automatically be saved.

c.       Next to Instant Personalization click Edit Settings.

i.      Click Close on the pop-up box.

ii.      Uncheck “Enable instant personalization on partner websites.”

iii.      Click on Back to Apps.

d.      Next to Public Search click Edit Settings.

i.      Uncheck “Enable public search”

You are done with Facebook


Consider all information put onto Twitter as public. Privacy controls are not as good on Twitter it is meant to be a public billboard. Your email information will not be shared unless you choose to do so.


Three steps to protecting your email security.

1.       Change your password once a year. Pick an anniversary or birthday and make a password change every year on that date. Write it down and put in in your freezer if you have a hard time remembering. (A thief is not likely to look through your freezer for this information, and it cannot be seen by a casual observer.) Use a combination of letters and numbers for your password. Avoid all 1’s or all 0’s, 123456, and qwerty as passwords. These are the most common passwords that hackers will try first.

2.       Use two or three email accounts. Open one email account for personal correspondence that is separate from your business email. Only give this address to people you know. If possible give your business address to people you have just met or are simply acquaintances with. If you can open a third email account to sign up for websites, special offers, and newsletters. These large group mailings are often targets for spammers.

3.       If you are sending an email to a large group use BCC or Blind Carbon copy. This is especially important for Forwards. Blind Carbon Copy sends the emails out without adding the list of recipients to the top of the email.  In a forwarded email only one person in the list with a hacked email could compromise everyone, which may be 100’s of people if the forward has gone out several times. Also before you forward an email delete the previous email addresses in the forward as a courtesy.

Of course you should also choose wisely what you post to any part of the internet. Think before you post.

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