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Basic safety tips and security guidelines for Facebook and web based social media

Basic safety tips and security guidelines for Facebook and web based social media

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Published by Sanjana Hattotuwa
Given the vituperative pushback of the BBS online against those who participated in the vigil in Colombo a few weeks ago, immediate measures to secure content posted on to web based social media platforms are essential to protect one’s own privacy, and those of family, friends and colleagues.

Engaging in liking content on Facebook, featuring articles on it, uploading photos and video, linking other social media accounts to it (like Instagram and Twitter) and commenting on others posts all expose personal information, as well as one’s network of friends and their personal information and content.

If you aren’t careful about the protection of your own information on online social media fora, the personal information of your network of ‘friends’ can be compromised. This information can be subsequently digitally manipulated in any number of ways which can put you and them in very serious trouble with the law enforcement agencies both domestically and internationally.
Given the increasing sophistication of the BBS and its ilk to produce and promote web based hate speech campaigns especially across growing numbers of Facebook groups, expect attempts to hack into, disrupt, deface and surveil emails and social media accounts of those leading and participating in pro-democracy activism and advocacy to increase.

Information below was written post-haste to help protect those attending a large rally in against hate in Colombo in late April 2013. It is the nature of online social media platforms in general and Facebook in particular to change their Terms of Service and privacy controls regularly. The predominant bias of all social media sites is to share everything openly and publicly. Privacy is not the default setting. Privacy is hard to configure, not easily attained and never guaranteed in any online social media platform - especially Facebook.

Though content on Facebook and other links are accurate at the time of writing, readers are encouraged to get in touch with the author for specific concerns over online security.
Given the vituperative pushback of the BBS online against those who participated in the vigil in Colombo a few weeks ago, immediate measures to secure content posted on to web based social media platforms are essential to protect one’s own privacy, and those of family, friends and colleagues.

Engaging in liking content on Facebook, featuring articles on it, uploading photos and video, linking other social media accounts to it (like Instagram and Twitter) and commenting on others posts all expose personal information, as well as one’s network of friends and their personal information and content.

If you aren’t careful about the protection of your own information on online social media fora, the personal information of your network of ‘friends’ can be compromised. This information can be subsequently digitally manipulated in any number of ways which can put you and them in very serious trouble with the law enforcement agencies both domestically and internationally.
Given the increasing sophistication of the BBS and its ilk to produce and promote web based hate speech campaigns especially across growing numbers of Facebook groups, expect attempts to hack into, disrupt, deface and surveil emails and social media accounts of those leading and participating in pro-democracy activism and advocacy to increase.

Information below was written post-haste to help protect those attending a large rally in against hate in Colombo in late April 2013. It is the nature of online social media platforms in general and Facebook in particular to change their Terms of Service and privacy controls regularly. The predominant bias of all social media sites is to share everything openly and publicly. Privacy is not the default setting. Privacy is hard to configure, not easily attained and never guaranteed in any online social media platform - especially Facebook.

Though content on Facebook and other links are accurate at the time of writing, readers are encouraged to get in touch with the author for specific concerns over online security.

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Published by: Sanjana Hattotuwa on May 08, 2013
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Basic safety tips and security guidelines for Facebook andweb based social media
Given the vituperative pushback of the BBS online against those who participatedin the vigilin Colombo a few weeks ago, immediate measures to secure content posted on to webbased social media platforms are essential to protect one’s own privacy, and those of family,friends and colleagues.Engaging in liking content on Facebook, featuring articles on it, uploading photos and video,linking other social media accounts to it (like Instagram and Twitter) and commenting onothers posts all expose personal information, as well as one’s network of friends and theirpersonal information and content.If you aren’t careful about the protection of your own information on online social mediafora, the personal information of your network of ‘friends’ can be compromised. Thisinformation can be subsequently digitally manipulated in any number of ways which can putyou and them in very serious trouble with the law enforcement agencies both domesticallyand internationally.Given the increasing sophistication of the BBS and its ilk to produce and promote web basedhate speech campaigns especially across growing numbers of Facebook groups, expectattempts to hack into, disrupt, deface and surveil emails and social media accounts of thoseleading and participating in pro-democracy activism and advocacy to increase.Information belowwas written post-haste to help protect those attendinga large rally inagainst hate in Colombo in late April 2013. It is the nature of online social media platforms ingeneral and Facebook in particular to change their Terms of Service and privacy controlsregularly.
The predominant bias of all social media sites is to share everything openlyand publicly. Privacy is not the default setting. Privacy is hard to configure, not easilyattained and never guaranteed in any online social media platform - especiallyFacebook.
Though content on Facebook and other links are accurate at the time of writing, readers areencouraged to get in touch with the author for specific concerns over online security.Tamil translation of this guidehere. Sinhala translation can be readhere. Page 1
 
Locking down Facebook
Click on the gear icon on the upper right hand side of the screen. Select Privacy Settings. Thisis what my screen looks like.Under ‘Who can see my stuff?” and ‘Who can see your future posts’, click on Edit. From thedrop down menu, select Custom. Select Friends and uncheck “Friends of those tagged andevent guests”.Click Save Changes.Page 2
 
To limit the exposure of what you’ve put on Facebook, click on “Limit The Audience for OldPosts on Your Timeline”.Click on ‘Limit Old Posts’, and then ‘Confirm’ in the resulting confirmation prompt.Limit your exposure to unknown persons by changing ‘Who can look me up?’ to only Friends.Mirror the same setting for ‘Who can look up your Timeline by name?’.Disable ‘Do you want other search engines to link to your Timeline?’. Seeherefor details.Next, click on the gear icon again and select ‘Account Settings’. Then from the list of optionson the left, click on ‘Timeline and Tagging Settings’.Page 3

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