Have You Seen The Facebook Hoax?

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Facebook Hoax

Facebook has become part of everyday life. From updating your status to “liking” your friend’s pictures, it is easy to spend a couple hours on Facebook each day. If you are a regular Facebook user, you may have noticed a new “privacy notice” popping up on your newsfeed that asks you to copy and paste it on your own page to keep your personal information safe.

While posting the privacy notice to your own page may seem like a good way to stay safe online, it is actually useless. Facebook does not control what you post on your page, only you do. Any privacy notice that you post on your page does not mean that your personal information is any safer.

When you sign up for a Facebook account you have to sign the Terms of Service that already includes the privacy policy of the site. Part of Facebook’s privacy policy is that Facebook is allowed to use anything that you post on the site to help promote it.

If you are concerned about your privacy on Facebook there are a couple of steps that you can take to help stay safe. The best way to protect your privacy while online is to not sign up for a Facebook account at all. If you do not have an account, they cannot use any of your personal information. You also have the option to negotiate a special privacy policy with Facebook or ask them to amend their policies to help keep your personal information safer. If you already have a Facebook account, you can deactivate it to help keep your personal information protected.

For more tech tips on the Facebook hoax and how to keep your personal information safe while online, contact the IT professionals at Proactive Networks in Pasadena, California.