Privacy problems in Facebook Timeline and their solution
The new Timeline feature of Facebook is very fascinating but if a user skips off some normal things then it may be harmful for him because his private posts or activities may become visible to everyone. Here in this post I will tell you what are the privacy problems which may occur in front of you and how can you avoid them.
1. Every friend sees your activity
Every post you make on a public fan page will show up in all your friends’ Tickers. The new Ticker feature is a near real-time stream of all the activity happening on Facebook. This is the unfiltered version of the main feed.
Tip: Because fan pages are public by default, this information will be accessible to anyone, but you can turn this feature off to avoid your posts becoming public.
2. Redefining history with Timeline
When you first enable Timeline, the default opens the door for the public and all your friends to view your posts dating back to when you first signed up for Facebook.
Tip: You might want to do some clean up. Even those of you who have always been very careful about what they post on Facebook will be surprised by some content on the Timeline.
3. Frictionless Sharing
Just because you’re logged out of Facebook it doesn’t mean the site won’t follow your every move online. Facebook still knows and can track every web page you visit. In addition, websites can write apps whereby all activity on their pages can be shared automatically to a user’s Facebook profile.
The consequences of having your every move online potentially being posted to your profile could cause embarrassing or severe results.
Tip: Deleve every Facebook cookie in your browser, or use a separate browser for Facebook interactions.
4. Your friend list
Your list of Facebook friends has always been public. But with the new Timeline feature info about the exact month and year you became friends with someone is public.
For some users, sharing as little information as possible with strnagers is important.
Tip: Be careful who you accept as a friend and the privileges that you give them.
5. Monitoring posts
With everyone able to see your history and most recent posts, there has always been concern about who sees what you are positng.
Tip: You can now check a post’s security level before commenting. There is a small icon under each item in your news feed. Hover over it to see who can see the post.
6. Watch out for the Open Graph
With new app capabilities, keep an eye out for apps such as “Spotify” and “Pandora“, which automatically start sharing your playlists and music preferences with others on Facebook by default.
Tip: Most apps like these will have a setting that you will manually have to turn off Facebook sharing.
Follow these and feel safe, happy Facebooking dear folks!